Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 12:36 PM
The Journal of UFO Research, China's premier publication devoted to investigating the paranormal, has gotten a makeover.
The magazine, now printed in full-color, appears to no longer be an embarrassment to its parent company, the Duzhe Group. The company's name now joins that of the publisher, Gansu Science and Technology Press, on the cover, and a list of sister publications is included in the masthead.
Neither of this month's cover stories has anything to do with UFOs. The main cover feature is all about poltergeists (including a creepy back cover), while the second feature article is a translation of "The Top Ten Ways to Destroy the Earth" by Sam Hughes, to which the magazine has added the subtitle "UFO Top Ten." None of the destruction methods is UFO-related (unless we consider the effect that the fragments of the destroyed Earth will have on other inhabited planets in the galaxy).
In fact, most of the actual UFO content in this issue consists of summaries of UFO reports in the Chinese media over the past few decades. Readers seeking more relevant UFO information can visit a new sub-board for The Journal of UFO Research that the Duzhe Group recently created on its website BBS.
Links and Sources
China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
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