UFO Contemplation

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Panic in the UFO Community

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A perusal of UFO web-sites and blogs will show a distinct hysteria by UFO devotees; an hysteria that has become endemic to the whole panoply of UFO enthusiasts, even those who are in a state of deep denial.

The Roswell episode has been finally discounted as the UFO panacea. It will, according to all sensible UFO mavens, not be resolved, because it has become convoluted by a loss of witnesses (to death), a loss of government paperwork, a loss of credibility among the general public and even ufologists themselves, and a backlash of malaise for being front and center for many years with no real denouement in the offing.

And ufologists are themselves to blame, having inflamed the topic with a sh*tload of cacophonous material, most irrelevant or spurious.

But it’s not just Roswell. It’s the whole UFO continuum of nonsense: theories that are without foundation, UFO internet sites clogged with extraneous copy (such as items about bigfoot, Jesus’ Second Coming, crop circles, partially clad women, and a slew of other non-UFO detritus).

That lack of focus or the lacunae of scientific discipline has killed the UFO enigma once and for all. As one UFO wag stated, the O’Hare incident wasn’t a resurgence of UFO activity but a goodbye.

UFO’s old guard, as one respected author noted, is near death: Stan Friedman. Richard Hall, even the buoyant Jerome Clark, who is 60 years old now and not far from the Grim Reaper’s sight.

Who, in the UFO world, can maintain the interest, the one-time excitement generated by UFO sightings and imaginative hoaxes?

The blogger who boasts 1000 postings, touting quantity over quality?

The writer who has been relegated to defending his good name, having been besmirched by asses and ne’er-do-wells?

The archivist who presents everything but the kitchen sink via his web-site, merely adding fire and consternation to an already flummoxed topic?

The woefully inadequate “anonymous” commentators who vent their spleen but cower behind the internet’s ability to cloak their identities and lack of intellectual credentials?

Yes, there is havoc in the UFO world, but it is self-inflicted, and we could not care less….