So I'm wondering what my fellow skeptics think about this. Animal Plant recently aired "Mermaids: The Body Found". This was a terrible show that was fictional but was presented in a documentary style. This led to confusion since it aired on a network that is suppose to show actual documentaries. It was not made clear in the broadcast that the show was a work of fiction however the network and producers have said it was.http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2012/05/tv-skeptic-mermaids-clouds-the-waters.html
So my question for the skeptics is will this:
1. Create a cryptozoological ferver resulting in more people believing in nonexistent creatures
2. As people realize it was fiction they will view future programs with a more critical eye and more skepticism in general
I know it will do both but on average what do you think the impact will be? I'm wondering if this will be like the CG viral marketing videos that I think ultimately lead to people being more skeptical of the online videos they see.
Also, anyone know of any actual data or studies that examine the impact of people seeing a show they think is real and later being told it wasn't, does this make them more or less skeptical in the future?