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Friday, May 04, 2012

Flying Saucers/UFOs devolve into a bad mythology


Flying Saucers/UFOs devolve into a bad mythology

The flying saucer heyday ended in the early sixties, and UFOs have moved into that ephemeral realm of do they exist/did they exist.

The early flying saucer tales had meat on the bone. After the Hill’s “abduction” and a few other abduction accounts (Pascagoula, Walton), UFOs entered the fringe arena, morphing into things that assumed a quasi-malevolence or bizarre interaction that made no sense to rational minds.

Today UFOs show up as news particles without substance (meat or otherwise) so UFO buffs are left with reminiscing about the golden days of flying saucer/UFO lore.

The phenomenon (or phenomena) has come to rest in the literature created by it and about it.

There are no teeth in current UFO reports. The things cited today as UFOs are mere shadows of the former reported upon and elucidated objects (or, rather, things) seen and sometimes touched.

Events like those enumerated by Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca no longer happen (or are not reported if they do).

What UFO buffs are left with are the stories of old, the patina of extraterrestrial visitation or a phenomenon with substance.

A mythology has ensued but it is a bad mythology, because the germ of the mythology was besmirched by bad story-tellers from the outset of the flying saucer/UFO era, when writers and chroniclers of the phenomenon hacked away at it, destroying the mystique.

The shards of past UFO tales have become encrusted by interpretations that are sour and devoid of mystery.

Those trying to create a scientific mantle are without acumen to do so. And those who wish to imbue UFOs with something uncharacteristically Earthian – an alien overlay, as it were, are not able to pull off the transformation.

UFOs as they were are no more.

They are remnants of a past enigma that once had intriguing cachet.

And that past intrigue is muddied by the regurgitation of sloppy interpretation and evaluation.

It’s not the reports that are remiss but the handling of them by government, militaries, and bad, unthinking, non-creative writers (researchers).

The mythology, like the saucer and UFO reports themselves, has been botched beyond any kind of redemption.

And so, UFOs sink into a kind of collective remission or calcified memory, at least for those who recognize when a fad (or mystery) has run its course…

RR

10 Comments:

  • Bloody hell Rich, you've got out of the same side of the bed as I have today. Bad mood and barely any patience for anything or anyone...

    You're pretty much right though. The best saucer case I can think of in recent years is the BBC 5Live journalist who reportedly saw one last year.

    The BS is neck-deep in the field and probably rising. About the only new element in ufology is this naive notion that on-line petitions are the answer. I mean, jeez, if everyone asks politely, the whole story of alleged ET space opera shenanigans will surely come pouring out.

    Same with the FOIAs. Decades of alleged conspiracy, on a stellar scale, thwarted by some request for the secrets.

    Galactic Federation Commander - "We've spent decades subjugating the humans and that wily bastard just comes out and asks for the paperwork? Abandon Earth! Repeat - all ships to leave this planet immediately!"

    MJ-12 CEO - "Why? Why did we keep extensive paperwork? Damn Dewey and his decimal system!"

    Exopolitical figurehead - "That light in the sky must be a scout ship from Arcturus II. Surely they haven't fallen to the usurper Consul of Zeti 1?! Silence while I raise my vibrations!"

    ETH stalwart - "Lights in the sky must be deceptive alien technology. Castigate the authorities immediately! If only they'd listen to us, we'd catch the SoBs."

    USAF - "What lights? Venus? Crazy kids!"

    Greer - "If you give me some dollars, baby, I'll implement the protocols as fast as you can say non-disclosure agreement."

    Author - "Try the preview. All the truth and much more for $20."

    Abduction guy - "OMG! We're being taken over! Light in the sky? Missing time!"

    Newspaper - 'Light in sky! Aliens!'

    Staunch religious folk - "Don't panic! Demons are stealing our souls disguised as disc-shaped craft! Send £20 and pray fo yo souls. Testify!"

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • I think it's the heat we're had here the past few days Kandinsky that got me riled.

    Also, I got the Dolan/Zabel new book, A.D.: After Disclosure for review.

    That didn't help.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • Is it not the simple case of the ETHers and the conspiracists saying:

    "If the UFOs are not there, we shall put them there".

    By all means put them there, but don't expect the saner, more responsible elements of society, to accept them. After all, many people have been trying for centuries to 'put them there' in the case of astrology, psychic phenomena and other paranormal things.

    But these other paranormal things don't seem to attract the same 'grand conspiracy' claims and paranoia that UFOs do. Strange.

    By Blogger cda, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • That's an interesting point, CDA.

    Why have UFOs inspired a paranoidal conspiracy ambiance?

    It is strange, insofar as the other paranormal or fringe "phenomena" hasn't.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • "Why have UFOs inspired a paranoidal conspiracy ambiance?"

    Everything inspires a paranoidal conspiracy ambiance.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • Ah, the damned Internet. Any dumb fool can make up a crazy story and it goes viral in mere hours. People suspend all credulity and rational judgment when confronted by something posted on the Web; be it on Facebook, or Craigslist, or one of the truly crazier UFO/paranormal blogs (I won’t name names here). I read it online. It must be true.

    Orbs? Dust motes and gnats illuminated by a camera flash. Abductions? Give me a break. “Please pay attention to me. I’m special. Can’t you see? The aliens came for me.”

    New cases these days have a strong aroma of fabrication (don’t even start me on the plethora of bogus and misidentified visual “evidence”). But, since we already have almost 70 years of cases, why collect more? We don’t even understand or know how to clearly interpret the data from the old ones.

    America has been paranoid and awash in conspiracy theories since the Kennedy assassination, an event to which our national psyche has never come to grips. Too many dangling threads, too many unanswered questions, too many misdirections, and too many dead ends, so somebody must be concealing the truth, right? We’ve been viewing the world through a conspiracy-colored lens since 1963.

    UFO cover up or conspiracy? If anything’s covered up it’s the ignorance of those who should know but haven’t a clue. God forbid we find out there’s something flitting about in our skies that all Earth’s governments are powerless to explain or prevent.

    The basic, underlying phenomenon may be real. But, since we can’t feel it, weigh it, measure it, or explain it, all we can do is make up stories about it. And over the years, those stories have passed into legends and myths.

    Who cares if King Arthur really existed? The power is in the legend, not any real man. Finding the real Arthur would diminish the legend. So it goes with UFOs.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • Nicely put, PG, nicely put indeed.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 04, 2012  

  • 'Nicely put, PG, nicely put indeed.'

    It certainly was. I read it more than once because I enjoyed it.

    I had a flat-out unusual experience on Thursday. Three 2.5 hour fire-doors opened themselves in succession whilst footsteps walked, heavily and swiftly, in between them.

    I was hitting a deadline and the building was locked and empty.

    The point of this anecdote is to highlight the banality of it. It could be subverted into a belief in lost souls, missing time, standing infrasound, aliens, imagination, mental illness, will-to-believe or a ghost-hunters TV show. Some local nitwit with an Ebay ghost-detector could charge for a *cleansing.* A priest could thrash out an exorcism. A skeptic could point out my UFO interest and conclude I was panicked by a passing vehicle which triggered a childhood memory of Twilight Zone and was exacerbated by fantasy-proneness.

    That's a lot of potential mythology over 3 doors.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Saturday, May 05, 2012  

  • PG:

    Conspiracy theory began long before the internet. The net has certainly exacerbated it but why? Presumably because posting on the net is so easy and you can even be anonymous. Also, you often do not need moderators (editors) to approve what you say.

    My point was that ufology has drawn far more conspiracists than any other pseudoscience. The reason for this is, I think, the fact that official studies, particularly in the USA, have taken place. Official USAF projects, official pronouncements, reports, summaries and so on.

    No mother paranormal field attracts the same official attention. And as nobody believes what those in power, or high positions, tell us, therein lies the seeds of distrust and hence conspiracy ideas.

    "They know but they aint telling us". Next time someone says this to you, try asking him or her who 'they' really are, with names.

    And remember, it is only the US top guys who 'know', never officials in another country.

    Those poor jerks in Canada, UK, China, India, Russia and Europe. They are not fit to be in on it, are they?

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, May 05, 2012  

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