The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Monday, June 11, 2007

UFOs are not cool

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We’ve addressed, elsewhere, why science ignores UFOs, but what about the general public?

Although UFO hobbyists continue to cite Gallup polls showing that many persons think UFOs are real and some have actually reported seeing one at some time or another, the vast majority of persons here in the United States and abroad shy away from the topic. It’s not cool to talk about UFOs or admit to knowing anything about them.

And the younger generation, generally, does not care about UFOs. What do UFOs have to do with being hip or trendy?

UFOs are for kooks and weirdos, as media sees it, and bloggers, who are not into the subject, report UFOs as a joke usually.

Ufologists (to use the term that identify UFO mavens and give them, they think, street cred) have been inept, that’s a given; they’ve botched the topic with internecine squabbling and self-glorification, but mostly by treating the phenomenon cavalierly, while pretending to study it seriously.

Also, when outsiders (and even insiders) scrutinize web-sites, blogs, and sites that pertain to UFOs (such as Rense or UFO UpDates), they are struck by the lack of humor (real humor) or wit.

And the subject matter is often beclouded by pedantry or obscure insights to UFO minutiae.

Some bloggers are sexist, narcissistic, and self-aggrandizing.

Others are so far out that they are unreadable.

Even the sensible web-sites (Black Vault is one) are shunned because no one, outside the UFO community, will admit to having an interest in UFOs, They don’t want to be excoriated by their peers.

And this situation is not going to improve. The UFO phenomenon has been tainted from 1947 on, and that taint was exacerbated by so-called contactees of the 1950s, that bizarre bunch who claimed to have been taken aboard flying saucers and transported to places and planets that turned out, after astronomical study, to be nothing like what they purported to have seen.

Then the alleged abductees, who say they’ve been kidnapped by UFO occupants and medically examined (which may or may not be true), cause rational persons to lift Spock-like eyebrows to express incredulity.

So even baby-boomers, who are far from cool themselves, will have nothing to do with UFOs.

And teens or the 20 to 30 year-olds, who stroke the culture, won’t even acknowledge UFOs or anything peripherally related for fear of being called a dweeb, nerd, or geek.

Moreover, even those of us who are steeped in the UFO culture, like a person who’s alcoholic or homosexual, will never admit to our “disease.” It’s embarrassing.

Thus, UFOs will remain a non-topic for the present generation. And those who still linger in the UFO milieu? Well, they’ll have to continue to hide their identities and addiction. It’s just not cool to believe in UFOs.

6 Comments:

  • My experience has been that 1/2 of people automatically laugh in my face when the subject of UFO's come up.

    The other half start relating their own strange experiences to me.

    By Blogger Kollarrow, at Monday, June 11, 2007  

  • Kollarrow:

    And that half who relate their experiences reside where?

    Some places and peoples are more amenable to things esoteric or weird, whreas others are not.

    Like in real estate it's all location, location, location.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 11, 2007  

  • One observation that, perhaps in hindsight, is a obvious factor in the general disinterest demonstrated by the larger population. The "baby boomers" in the torrent of self exploration that was the 1960's are now safely enscounced in 401Ks. There has been no significant counter cultural activity since. Another factor is the very earthbound buffet of issues proliferating here, that require immediate consideration. The price of gas, the wobbling security of foodstuffs, etc. Perhaps UFOs have a place in the curio cabinet, however they have no immediate impact nor potential to lighten the immediate needs of following generations. Perhaps the question from their point of view is: Why Bother?

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, June 12, 2007  

  • And Bruce, we bet that even early man, when he encountered UFOs, or the gods in them, went about their business (of survival) without nary a thought other than momentary awe.

    (The exceptions are those Biblical prophets who did pay attention to the visitors, but to no real avail.)

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, June 12, 2007  

  • I agree. I was reading the account posted on The Anomalist site of a florida woman who encountered a ufo and the consequences that sighting had on her religious beliefs as well as her apt comment, which I parphrase:" I never bothered to look up into the sky before." Now perhaps she has a reason.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, June 12, 2007  

  • I would rather be right and have the facts on my side than be "cool." Knowing what is going on is real "coolness." Some would say that Paris Hilton was the "Queen of Cool" and look what happen to her. Yes, her present "experience" may soon be a distant memory, but it will be lurking there in her memory forever even when she is a lonely old woman! Save us from coolness!

    By Blogger Edward Biebel, at Friday, June 15, 2007  

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