The Devolution of UFOs and Ufology
Yes, UFOs as a viable topic for broad discussion or concern is virtually dead, even among the most die-hard of UFO buffs.
UFOs became, in the late 40s and 50s, a hot matter for media, various militaries around the world, and a rabid coterie of people who were attracted to the evanescent phenomenon.
Interest peaked in the 50s, 60s, but started to wane in the 1970s, and now in 2016, UFOs are an insignificant matter for society, even though there remains a very small remnant of persons still interested in or attracted to the moribund phenomenon.
Alleged UFO/alien abductions no longer appear as ufological fodder.
Bizarre encounters with UFOs and creatures apparently connected to them have only become topics within the phenomenon’s lore.
Sightings and photographs of UFOs have diminished to the point of invisibility, even as fanatic UFO enthusiasts insist that UFOs still ply the skies and contrived photographs of the phenomenon continue to show up in internet venues as instigators of yawns by the public (and UFO aficionados also).
As the UFO fad has devolved (read diminished) to a less than trivial matter for society, some of us, who think we’re rational, have to move on – to consequential matters that impact us (humans).
UFOs, no matter what they were, are now, essentially, folklore.
One can ruminate about them accordingly, but to expend more than an academic interest in UFOs is tantamount to quartering time for séances, ghost-hunting, ESP, or ouija boards.
What lies at the heart of the UFO fad is grist for study perhaps but UFOs and ufology are as defunct as dinosaurs, and should be studied, if necessary, in the same way as those dead creatures are.