Disruptors and UFOs
Most of you know that, in Silicon Valley, California, tech companies, often with new ventures, upset the old guard, older companies, old being only a few years in some instances.
Those companies or their founders are known as “disruptors.”
They often take users of a product away from an established company, bringing them to their new company.
The classic example is Facebook, which usurped and destroyed MySpace (and is about to demolish Twitter and other social media enterprises). Facebook itself will be disrupted at some point too.
The same things has happened in other spheres of life: Luther’s Reformation diminishing the Roman Catholic Church; Christianity side-lining Judaism; Leninism (communism) placating, for a while, capitalism; the automobile removing the horse and buggy from city streets; Cro-magnons wiping out the Neanderthals; et cetera.
And quantum mechanics has skewered classical physics, pushing Newton, Enstein, et al. to the background pretty much.
(You can name dozens of others also I bet.)
In the UFO field, the Army Air Force sunk Roswell (with its weather/Mogul balloon explanation), debunkers suppressed the Socorro/Zamora UFO incident with the suggestion that area college students created a hoax, and J. Allen Hynek crushed a bona fide sighting as swamp gas.
There are hundreds of UFO sightings that have been disrupted by those wishing to supplant intriguing and justifiably odd occurrences, indicating that UFOs are nothing more than a mis-identification of prosaic things, a modern hysteria, or outright hoaxes, plus a few other yammering explanations.
Have UFOs been deserving of such disruption? Perhaps, but perhaps not.
The oddly affecting phenomenon resides at the semi-conscious level of many in society, who won’t admit to an interest because the disruptors have encased the topic in garlands of loonyism.
So, the passionate few (real “ufologists”) have to beggar on per omnia secula seculorum like Liebowitz’s monkish comrades, hoping that their obsession is brought to light as a real thing, important and profound.
[The image above from Betakit.com]