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Monday, July 18, 2011

UFO Movies with Robbie Graham and Dr. Matthew Alford


An abstract called A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions through Film and Television by Robbie Graham and Dr. Matthew Alford invites your interest as it did ours:

Click here to access it

Plus Robbie Graham has a site devoted to saucers/UFOs in film that aficionados will surely enjoy:

Click here to access that site

Information provided by:

Robbie Graham
Doctoral candidate
University of Bristol
Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television

6 Comments:

  • I enjoyed reading their paper and it's good to see a fellow Englishman making a mark in the field.

    Graham did an interview with Angelia Joiner recently that added more of his opinion to the topics in the paper. The site seems to be down, although it's possibly due to her decision to take a break from the carnival. I'll post a working link later...

    With podcasts in mind, do you think the 'perception management' is limited to Hollywood? It's reasonable to think it extends much further.

    Although this might seem 'derailing', the process is reminiscent of the 18th Century slavers versus abolitionists. Society was mired in similar efforts to dictate public opinion by controlling the media.

    In fact, we can trawl our way back to the 17th Century pamphleteers and censorship in Europe and the States.

    The motivations behind those enterprises was pretty clear and based on controlling wealth and power. To my mind, the motivations behind disseminating UFO and alien beliefs is much less transparent.

    Graham and Alford's paper shines a light on the symptoms, but who knows what the underlying cause is?

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Monday, July 18, 2011  

  • http://www.4shared.com/audio/dpLMHDlo/thejoinerreportgrahampowell.html

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Monday, July 18, 2011  

  • K:

    Perception management has gone the way of the dodo.

    Social media has taken care of that perverse methodology.

    Also, the ufological entropy doesn't allow for any kind of manipulation.

    The field is so askew (psychotic) that contrived mechanisms for swaying the UFO masses is an effort doomed from the outset.

    Films, TV, and radio and newspapers once had the power to control or manipulate the hoi polloi but those days are long gone, and the essays by Vance Packard, which once dilineated the machinations of businesses, media, and governments no longer apply.

    The paper provided here is insightful but only from an historical perspective I think.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, July 18, 2011  

  • I think perception management is alive and well in the broader arena.

    The social media allows for niche groups, minor movements and perhaps catalyses revolutions? If so, are we not just tiny whirlpools and eddies in a becalmed sea of societal control?

    Vonnegut would say 'So it goes...'

    I apologise for speaking in metaphors, it's just hard to express succinct impressions in so few words.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Monday, July 18, 2011  

  • So, K, you are not a Twitter user apparently.

    Ther problem with movies as a vehicle for manipulations (of any kind) is that the audience, the movie-goer) is a kid usually, a punk...one who doesn't give a damn about anything meaningful and who hasn't the mental capacity to be swayed in any case.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, July 18, 2011  

  • Media in our time is the extension of folklore. Attracting coinage by creative sleights of hand seems to originate in voyeurism to gain the ownership of comforting and fabricated circumstances by the viewer that rationalize "the way things are"
    A sort of self comforting mind balm in a story arc. Whether it is third reich propaganda films or a commercial for toothpaste, it's all folklore for profit as a series of subliminal rationalizations placed as demonstrations akin to "here is how it is done", which is the creation of self fulfilling prophecies. Whirlygigs.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, July 19, 2011  

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