Saturday, March 16, 2013

No government Docs on the Mothman?

Why are there no Government Documents on the mothman?

That is a good question and can be answered in various ways. As with many other cryptids it could be that the government doesn't see the Mothman as a topic worth investigating or hasn't been around long enough to  incite an investigation. On the other hand it could be that the Mothman is being kept under wraps by the government itself. A lot of sources around the Mothman mention sightings of the Men in Black who appeared to be government agents and tried to convince reporters and other witnesses not to write or bring up the mothman. It is possible the government knows the mothman is real and have some involvement in its creation or whereabouts. It could also be that the Men in Black are aliens themselves who are out to silence humans who are onto their plans.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Patterson-Gimlin


Perhaps the most important video concerning Bigfoot is the Patterson-Gimlin film, mentioned earlier. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this video and people have been arguing for years about whether or not it was a hoax. I found one article on the Cryptomundo website that tackled the argument from a completely different side. Photo analyst, Marlon K. Davis, believes the footage showed a wild human. M.K. explained that there was evidence to support his claim that it was not a Bigfoot, but rather a large hairy human that has become out of contact with society (Coleman, 2006). Davis writes,I know from the film that it is human, and that it manipulates its environment and has a culture of some sort” (Coleman, 2006). 

While his explanation is incredibly vague, I personally thought this was a somewhat credible source and M.K. Davis provided a good theory. It is quite possible, in my opinion, that Bigfoot could be an older race of human that somehow managed to stick around without evolving into the modern human race of today. I am no expert on evolutionary theory, but this seems like a solid explanation of the Bigfoot phenomena. I do wish he had supported his claims further, though. Is lack of evidence makes me much more skeptical, but not enough to completely disregard the argument.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Presentation

After finally finishing my research I started my presentation. I found myself with alot of ideas after watching other presentations as far as what to talk about and what I found difficult and easy. The presentations also helped me do a little bit of last minute research, especially involving newspaper research.

I am almost finished with my paper, which the presentations also helped me. The presentations really gave me some insight on what inform the reader about including terms I used to research the beast and making a specific distinction between the Puerto Rico and Texas Chupacabra.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Summary

Here is my research summary!


Researching Bigfoot forced me to broaden my horizons and dive into many different forms of information. In the past, I had relied mainly on web sources and occasionally books, but I viewed the library as an intimidating and overwhelming place rather than a great tool. I didn’t know how to the use the resources to my advantage and spent far too long searching for the information I needed. Now that I have completed my research, I was able to develop the skills to research smartly and efficiently.

Now that I have spent a lot of time utilizing different research methods, I am able to distinguish the pros and cons of each and which would be best for different topics. In the case of Bigfoot, I found the Internet to be the most helpful and abundant source of information. Because the topic is taboo to most academics and scientists, other forms of peer-reviewed sources didn’t yield very many results. This was frustrating to me because I tried my best to find scientific evidence pointing toward or away from the existence of Bigfoot. Other than a few articles written by the same authors, there was not of lot of support for the species from peer reviewed journal articles.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Monster blog Research after presenting- Griffin


In doing my research after doing my presentation, I looked into the google UK. This came about after listening to other presenters and the resources that helped them to do better research overall. When finding the google UK website I had a little more success in the books that contained more information on the actual griffin monster. I was warned that this topic would a little difficult to find valid information on but, so far things have been pretty great on websites. The books that I did find were fantasy based still but there were some more options on the potential sightings of the griffin from the past history of London and around the European regions. I also looked onto the western library page for the fantasy genre that is limited for folktales and such and it was a little helpful. I still was not able to find any newspaper articles on the griffin no matter what I did to find  articles on the griffin it was limited to only griffin technology and or company names.