UFOs: Is the medium the message or is the message the message?
Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.
What is the difference between a surrealist painting and a UFO witness report?
And what is the difference between a science fiction movie and a UFO witness report?
What about a science fiction story and a UFO witness report?
Or television programs, past and present, and UFO reports?
A UFO encounter, like that delineated by Spanish UFO researcher, Jose Caravaca, may be seen as a unique, yet bizarre event with extraterrestrial overtones, but is it really that?
What surrealistic paintings, sci-fi movies, books, television shows, dreams, and UFO reports have in common is imagery that comes from the mind of the creators or participants.
The source is irrelevant – the medium, whether via oils, digital processing, word processing, or a report provided by someone who has had a strange confrontation that baffles them.
The message is the thing: the image and its attendant peripheral aspects.
And those things – the imagery and its bolstering aspects – come from the mind of a human being; and that message, while encrusted with irrelevant detritus (memories left over from the past of the artist, the film-maker, the writer, the dreamer, or the “UFO witness”), are what need to be deciphered, unencrypted as it were.
The neurological pathways and etiologies are not important nor are the psychological machinations.
And the Persinger electronic assaults or the sociological assertions can be dismissed also.
It’s the message, not the medium that matters; the message within the medium, whether radar displays, video or photographic captures or an artist’s rendering, is what those who study UFOs need to get at.
UFO “researchers” and their followers are so busy looking for the cause, the source, of UFO sightings and encounters, that they are looking past, ignoring, the message that is being presented.
UFO witnesses, like their creative counterparts in the arts, literary, film worlds, are getting a message, and it’s that message that is shirked by “ufologists.”
When a ghost appears to someone, it’s not “where did that ghost come from” that should be asked but what is the message that is being imparted.
The same is true of UFO sightings and encounters.
Like a surrealistic painting or a dream, what is the message being proffered?