it's been a well-understood understory that television networks won't provide "reality" television without lots of signed contracts from the "real" show participants which guard against the participants telling what goes on behind the scenes.
it might spoil the "reality" of it all, eh?
nowhere does this ring more sinister than in a show that claims to be a "docudrama" about the paranormal; oh -- say, like the "paranormal state" show.
contracts hushing the participants....hmmmmm.
remove those contracts (or the FEAR of them) and what better way to bring the careers of media psychics and ghost hunters alike crashing down than to present all of the pre-production, melodramatic fakery for all to see??
myself, i'm thinking that these paranormal show participants could actually make more money if they DID come forward and make their experiences known.
unfortunately the participants of these shows are often undereducated and over-eager to believe in the paranormal(and/or they are just vying for attention like the balloon boy family's dad) -- it's my opinion that these kinds of shows specifically target these people.
why? i'm no psychologist. perhaps chip coffey could help?
i'm guessing it's because these people are either:
eager for attention,
not considering the long-term consequences,
actually believe that the people involved in these paranormal TV show have the power to help them,
think that they can earn money in the long run by the attention (especially commercial clients)
etc etc etc.
i'd love to see some of these TV show participants break free of their fear chains regarding non-disclosure agreements.
i think they should know what would happen if a TV network sued them over this kind of thing. i think some lawyers for the skeptical movement might be able to help them if they just ask.