UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Is Facebook a new religion or a cult like Scientology?

What has this to do with UFOs? Facebook has usurped many if not most UFO buffs, who use the internet site to provocate their UFO views.

Facebook pages have replaced a lot of UFO web-sites and blogs.

(I, too, have several Facebook pages: one for media, and one that has a UFO tinge but only a tinge, and a few others.)

CNBC’s financial pundits exclaimed recently [4/28], after a hefty increase in the share value of Facebook, that Mark Zuckerberg’s creation is a “religion.”

I see Facebook as a devious created entity, much as I view L. Ron Hubbard’s goofy-based cult.

Facebook participants, and there are billions, are so attracted to the site that many have abandoned reason and life to fill their days with Facebook fluff, which is ubiquitous and egregious.

Facebook is an insidious intrusion into thoughtful living, and the bulk of commentary at Facebook is moronic, most of it inane beyond inanity.

Yet, Facebook attracts people in ways that religions or cults have never been able to do. Why? It’s not just herd-instinct. It’s something more dangerous.

That Facebook use by UFO buffs has diminished protracted, reasoned discourse about the UFO phenomenon, exchanging discourse for emojis and the desire to be liked is saddening.

But there is nothing to be done. The membership in Facebook is a tsunami that will increase unabated, taking all of us into its comforting arms of feigned friendship.

Not only will ufology succumb, but other artifacts of society, and culture, replaced by doltish input which dumbs down civilization in ways that religions or cults only wish they could.



  • Facebook encourages all of this stuff. Why?

    I think Facebook is one large scale sociological data collection service whose "big data" information schema might in the future form the basis for something like Isaac Asimov's "fictional" science of "Psychohistory" which was used to predict the "large scale" direction of history and the relevant social movements. [See Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy"] to use.

    Currently Facebook [just like Google] uses the information it collects to "monetize" all aspects of the "madness of crowds" or the latest fads or even implementing them based on social trends. A similar trend has taken over music, literature, motion pictures, television.

    There was a time years ago where I could go into a new or used book store and find a book that was "different", "unique", artful" or go into a music store and find artistry, and so forth... now everything copies every other thing. The stories / music / films are built from favored tropes and crafted memes. The Arts have become "products" to be manufactured and sold.

    The algorithm for pitching a new something is "This new thing is like "X" except it has / does / uses "Y"." Where X is an already released product and Y is the thing which differentiates the new product from the old one.

    And where do they get the ideas for these crappy things? Google and Facebook. Welcome to the future.

    By Blogger Joel Crook, at Thursday, April 28, 2016  

  • It's a tool. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Somewhere in the distant past your caveman ancestor was no doubt overheard complaining, "ugh... Is the wheel a new religion or a cult like fire?"

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Thursday, April 28, 2016  

  • I only limit my "friends" to around 50 or less. Mostly family, close friends, and old Strategic Air Command buddies. Keeps the barbarians away from the front gate.

    I bet that I could post a photo of dog droppings and get at least 10 likes...

    UFOs are still the subject on my blog...at least while the blog remains viable.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Thursday, April 28, 2016  

  • The consensus, as cognoscenti see it, is that Zuckerberg has manipulated the masses, creating fodder for commercial enterprises, sort of a reverse Moses, not freeing his people but enslaving them to the greedy vices of capitalism.

    The goal for we Facebookers is to use the site for our ends, not Zuckerberg's ends or business purposes.

    That's difficult the way Facebook has set up, brilliantly, a Pavlovian conditioning process that makes users obey the enticements that Facebook and its advertisers offer.

    What gripes me is that UFO buffs, music buffs, art buffs, philosophers, cultured/educated folks have become inured to what is profound and worthwhile in order to get a few likes or grab a few strangers, making them friends so they (we) seem to be popular and relevant.

    Being on TV use to do that but Facebook and its subsidiary accoutrements provide the place and means to pretend we users are noteworthy.

    It's delusional, surely, and corresponds to my feeling that a kind of madness, subtle as it may be, has descended upon mankind in a way not unlike that which brought Hitler and his Nazis to power.

    (I have a blog -- The Nazification of Facebook -- that deals with the concept.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 28, 2016  

  • You do understand the ridiculous irony of you having one social media tool (a blog) to complain about another (Facebook).

    You need to get out more.


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Thursday, April 28, 2016  

  • Paul:

    It's a serious difference of kind.....but that you choose not to see the difference is a place where I do not wish to go.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 28, 2016  

  • Really? You should try clicking on the link to your website sometime. Here's what you get: http://postimg.org/image/ol40i0hox/

    File all this under "methinks thou dost protest too much."


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Friday, April 29, 2016  

  • Joel commented that Facebook was one large sociological data collection tool and he's correct.

    The NSA monitors Facebook, Google, and Apple Servers worldwide. That was leaked back in 2013.

    You can see how they do it here:


    The program is called PRISM and I find it funny all three companies basically deny they participate while claiming all of your personal data is protected.

    And while we are making analogies to religion, you do know the Mormons own all credit and personal information used in financial transactions and background checks, right?

    They even own all of the government's records on family immigration and heritage - yes it's called "Ancestry.com".

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Friday, April 29, 2016  

  • I do not exempt myself from the Facebook addiction, Paul, as I note in the posting here.

    But I haven't let it absolve me from attending to "serious intended" postings here and elsewhere.

    I've excoriated Facebook at my media page, and in other venues, which has brought me a number of Facebook friend requests from Facebook's managerial staffers. (See my friend list at the media page.)

    I follow the dictum about "the mote in one's own eye." I wish others would do the same.

    (And Paul, your link to our MediaWatch page is a corrupted link.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, April 29, 2016  

  • Remember those far off days when we actually corresponded with each other by mail, first by horse drawn carriage, then by internal combustion engines, then by railways, then by sea and then by air? Perish the thought of anything travelling faster than sound. Then came radio, TV, computers, etc. It is all known as PROGRESS, my dear.

    One day we shall be engaged in interplanetary and interstellar travel. But by then UFOs will become redundant.

    But the quicker the mode of travel (especially the travel of thoughts) the more trivial the thoughts become. Hence all the 'junk' communications and messages we are now bombarded with. I get perhaps 5 junk e-mails and 3 junk phone calls every day. Wonderful stuff too!

    By Blogger cda, at Friday, April 29, 2016  

  • Only 5 junk e-mails, CDA?

    You lucky bastard.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, April 29, 2016  

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