In particular, this:
Hence the topic of this thread. In a modern-day supernatural setting in which there is a secret society of monsters, wizards, etc. such as Buffy or Harry Potter or Dresden Files, what would it take to convincingly expose the existence of magic to the general public, to a degree that it would be officially and permanently acknowledged? Alternatively, what paranormal forces would be necessary to successfully keep it hidden?Jub wrote: ↑2018-07-28 02:55pmEven lots of magical slug fests get covered up. Witnesses tend to believe whatever fits their worldview, police and government officials might be bought and paid for to cover up magic or simply not even consider it a possibility. You try to look at records to get a better idea but when none of your video evidence can be relied on to prove things one way or the other you get a mess which means most people think it's a hoax, terrorist attack, or whathave you.The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑2018-07-28 02:10pmHonestly, I think people overestimate the impact of smartphones.
If you saw a video of, say, Bigfoot on someone's smartphone, would your first response be "Bigfoot is real"? More likely, it would be something like "Yeah, that's a clever hoax". You'd probably assume that it was CGI or something.
I mean yeah, if a magical slug-fest occurs in the middle of Time Square on New Year's or something, there's no covering that up. But unless there are a lot of witnesses or unambiguous physical evidence, even good-quality video can be dismissed easily enough.
Edit: The Buffyverse is also a setting in which mass memory alteration and reality-warping spells are a thing. Off the top of my head: Jonathan's paragon spell in season four, Dawn's existence in season five, and Connor's new identity over on season four/five of Angel.