Searching for the truth around the next twist: why do we like The X-Files?

Fox, Mark (1996) Searching for the truth around the next twist: why do we like The X-Files?

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Abstract

The current popularity of the paranormal cannot be denied. An eclectic smorgasbord of unusual and anomalous phenomena, it encompasses everything from Near-death Experiences to UFO sightings, alien abductions, a fascination with all things occult and an often uncritical acceptance of New Age-related claims. The evidence of this popularity is clear for all to see. From the amount of shelf-space given to New Age, Mind-Body-Spirit and paranormal-related book titles in High Street bookshops, through to new and nearly-new television programmes which deal with the subject in serious and not-so-serious ways, the message is clear: parapsychology and the New Age have come of age. And of the many programmes – factual and fictional – which cater for the ever-growing band of enthusiasts, one of the most popular among the viewing public is the much acclaimed series The X-Files, created by Chris Carter.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;3.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 14:56
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 16:53
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/356

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