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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Postmodernism and Ufology

A commentary in the Times Literary Supplement [TLS] issue of October 21st, 2016 about Postmodernism [Page 17 ff.] is relevant to the “history” of flying saucers and UFOs, under the rubric, ufology.

I won’t bore you with a lengthy post about postmodernism; no one I know is interested in the topic, but it’s pertinent to what ufology was and is.

Wikipedia on postmodernism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodernism

The term postmodernism came to prominence with Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, published twenty-five years ago but still one of Duke University Press’s best-selling title. [TLS, Page 17]
(I insert that “best-selling” note to show some UFO quidnuncs that older-dated books are not to be dismissed as irrelevant, as they often imply here.)

“The term ‘postmodernism’ was first used by Jameson to identify an ironic playfulness expressed in different media … when the divide between high and low culture dissolved.” [ibid, Page 17]

Commentator Eric Bulson, in an interview with Jameson, was told that Jameson “would … substitute the term ‘postmodernity’ for ‘the postmodern', precisely to reinforce … that it was ‘not a style but a historical period, one in which all kinds of things, from economics to politics, from the arts to technology, from daily life to international relations, had changed for good.” [ibid, Page 17]

My point, at the moment, is that ufology – the interest and study of UFOs – has remained static and marmorean since the late 1940s up to now, 2016, accenting that old saw “the more things change, the more they remain the same.”

Ufology is just as creepy, loopy, and fixated now as was way back when.

Nothing has changed. The “voices” are the same. The research is the same. The skepticism is the same. The ET fixation is the same.

This is why ufology, UFOs, and their addicts are shunned by the general public, media, and everything else that is postmodern.

Ufology is “old news.” It reeks of mold and has an antique odor about it.

Few newbies (millennials) are interested. Even the current self-serving effort(s) by former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge hasn’t raised UFOs or ufology to a spot in mainstream conversation, despite some items in wayward media outlets.

Ufology is “old-hat” – a topic for geezers and seekers of antiquated subject matter.

UFOs will not make a come-back in current societies as it is not postmodernity but a period of stasis from an era long past and no longer relevant in a postmodern world.

RR

5 Comments:

  • We chuckle & smile in gloom:)at your negative,conclusions of Ufology,some of which we can agree with,..but Rich:[ ..What If, you were the fireman coming to rescue us from fire,but we see that, your on fire!..Whom would rescue whom?..A "loopy" situation, right? at least, you brought the ladder:)..

    Wouldn't it be more shrewd, to enhance the positive things of life, rather than to negate the negative. Your blog has gone quiet! Guess they're reading though..........?

    By Blogger Daniel Yang-Clark, at Sunday, November 06, 2016  

  • Unfortunately, Daniel, readers don't comment.

    I keep getting notes that long-timers check in but have no desire to leave a comment, mostly because they have nothing to impart.

    I may dispense with this blog, as I have others where interchanges are often and brilliant.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, November 06, 2016  

  • I wonder what will replace UFOs as a modern myth? Perhaps an online paranormal "event" or "entity" that witnesses "see/feel" but investigators cannot corroborate?

    People claiming to engage aliens, the dead, or angels/demons online?

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Monday, November 07, 2016  

  • This is a somewhaat trunated, antedeluvian view of the post modern condition (also the name of a book by Jean-Francois Lyotard which implicates the post modern in technological coils.) In some respects, in modern media culture the 'ufo' has never been hotter (viz, the new funny/serious TBS series People of Earth) albeit taken with the usual ironizing cast by millennials (as for example a spate of commercials which came out a while back using 'lights from the sky' to sell you something...and in a pomo universe everything becomes flattened out (ala Thomas Fiedman's globalism)and ultimately available albeit through increasingly anarchistic processes, i.e. blockchain which is the real power whcih makes bit coin possible) and somewhere in there is Fukuyama's thesis (now supposedly discredited) re: the end of history: all the furniture is out on the deck (of the Titanic?), it's just a neoliberal capitalist question of how it is to be arranged (and here I would disagree with your thesis that the 'era of the ufo' is over; in fact, the meme is everwhere, has soaked into the very fabric of culture so as to be--almost--invisible. Katy Perry e.g. had a great music video all about alienism and I believe lady Gaga also. The idea that the UFO (whatever that is) has become static only testifies to its perennial nature...maybe better, then, to say that technology is opening (creating?) new doors to the gods/myth/the old messianic pull of all that stuff hanging over our heads...doesn't have to be real to be true...or is that vice versa? Of course in a way maybe that does mean that the time of the UFO is closing as we get closer to becoming the UFO ourselves...or at least recognizing that we have always been the UFO. Which still doesn't say what that is. We have little idea what monstrous things we, our bodies, are capable of (to slightly misquote Spinoza).

    By Blogger robert c., at Thursday, November 10, 2016  

  • Robet...

    I have to agree with you pretty much, after rethinking my post.

    UFOs and ufology have remained intact, in toto, over the time-frame while the arts and entertainment (along with everything else) have changed or become ephemeral, as part of the zeitgeist.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, November 10, 2016  

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