Sunday, September 29, 2013
POP Culture and the invention of the ET mythology
The POP (popular) culture is often viewed as being trivial in order to find consensual acceptance throughout the mainstream, but its power cannot be dismissed.
The so called Roswell incident is an excellent example of pop culture at work.
In the late 1940s, the USAF ran Project Mogul, a top secret attempt to detect sound waves from potential Soviet nuclear explosions using microphones flown by high-altitude balloons. On July 7, 1947 Mogul Flight #4 crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. A rancher found the debris field and brought some of the debris to the nearby air base. The public information officer at Roswell Army Air Field made a press release reporting that a crashed "flying disc" has been recovered. The press went nuts, cementing the meme of the "flying saucer" in the public's consciousness. After the sensation hit the headlines, the officer was reprimanded, and new information was announced: the wreckage was from a weather balloon. Years after the fact, the story got embellished and mutated into different versions, becoming the archetypal "crashed saucer" myth, complete with recovered alien corpses (or live aliens!) and a government cover-up.
What we truly know is that the Roswell Incident was a money-making machine for UFO fantasists and the tabloid industry. After Stanton Friedman wrote his book about Roswell, the supermarket tabloids took charge and Roswell was one of the POP culture memes.
The urban legend of the ET presence on our planet, the cover-up and eventual disclosure was reinforced by Steven Spielberg who in 1977 and 1982, made the movies (Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) with "good" aliens and "bad" federal agencies. These movies tapped into the new mythology and made enormous amounts of money.
UFO fantasists saw the $ sign, wrote books, invented UFO congresses, desert meetings, pseudo-sciences and pushed the extraterrestrial visitors legend to the limits of non-sense.
However, Ufology was absolutely human-made, so there was nothing new. The old myths were reinvented, and the self-proclaimed experts became esoterics and mystics. The extraterrestrial super-science was now “cosmic alchemy”, and the ETs angels or demons or both.
There was nothing more to say about all this big fantasy and when this happens, the show cannot go on.
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