I could write something really long and snarky about this idiotic Washington Post column about a psychiatrist who has patients he claims are demonically possessed. Instead, if anyone is interested, they can do the detailed critique themselves.
But what I wrote about the decline of UFOs in American culture seems appropriate:
What used to be a pop culture reference point has pretty much vanished–and I don’t think it’s just the end of the X-Files. The key thing is ubiquitous photography and video in the form of cell phones (and digital handcams). If UFO visitations were real (for sake of argument), with all of the recording power the average citizen has at her disposal, we should have had some pretty conclusive evidence by now. As Nadia Drake notes, we don’t. At all.
In an era of ubiquitous cell phone cameras, one would think someone would have captured levitation due to demonic possession on video. And the argument that similarity in stories constitutes some sort of proof is absurd: it’s called culture. Demonic possessions are supposed to happen in a certain way, and, lo and behold, they do.
Fuck you Jeff Bezos.