Jack Brewer of the excellent blog, The UFO Trail, recently interviewed Robbie Graham, who blogs at the fascinating Silver Screen Saucers. The thrust of the interview is that motion pictures and television have far greater potential to influence beliefs about UFOs and the possibility of alien life forms than any hard research aiming for objective, factual analysis. I’d agree. I would encourage all UFO Religions readers to check out the lengthy interview. It’s well worth it. Here are two excerpts:
“Quite simply, when it comes to our understanding of UFO phenomena and our expectations regarding potential extraterrestrial life – make no mistake about it – movies matter… perhaps more even than anything else. As audiences, we should therefore seek to actively engage with Hollywood’s depictions of UFOs and extraterrestrials – to look up from our popcorn once in a while and acknowledge that such phenomena spring first and foremost not from the minds of Hollywood creatives, but from the fabric of our lived historical reality. By more actively engaging with Hollywood’s UFO movies, we enhance our ability to distinguish UFO fact from fantasy, and to more easily identify and understand the political thinking behind instances of government manipulation of UFO-themed entertainment products.”
“A wide variety of individuals, corporations and agencies are clearly competing to influence your beliefs about alleged extraterrestrial visitors, for whatever ultimate reasons. Successfully accomplishing the task has apparently been identified as worthy of substantial amounts of money and sustained effort.”
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Congratulations on the growing interest in UFO Religions and The Facade as mentioned in recent posts. I wish you the best throughout 2013!
Thanks for pointing to this interview and related sites/writers… I very much agree with the underlying point that “Cinema and TV are meme generators, or at least meme magnifiers…”
As a parent of elementary aged children, I’ve seen how all sorts of various alien “memes” and concepts (which basically means a lot of New Age concepts, not just technological…)are unwittingly absorbed by even young kids.
There are the same basic, recurring themes and categories that emerge from almost ANY film or tv show involving “aliens”…. Either the concept of “benevolent visitors”, or ravenous, destructive monsters… Beings who either come with their advanced knowledge/technology to point the way to enlightenment and a utopian human society, or beings whose advancements make them an unprecedented threat to our existence…
I find it somewhat interesting that year after year, both portrayals seem to receive a fairly equal amount of script-time. Anyhow, thx for this.