(A clever and funny, sarcastic poster of a typical “UFO Conference” created by Claude Falkstrom – – CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT)
UFO INDUSTRY….THE SHOW MUST GO ON (written by my colleague, the late Tomas Scolarici):
Those who engage in the ufological circus.
“Are these self proclaimed experts in Unidentified Flying Objects mad?
No, I don’t think so, at least when we talk about the Easy Money Ufologists.
Let me analyze the process of “insanity” in the career of self proclaimed experts in UFOs, Extraterrestrials, conspiracy theories and similar tricks of the UFO Industry.
Let’s consider an intelligent individual who “discovers” the UFO myth, and in the beginning believes in the UFO-ET hypothesis. Now, some of these new ufologists not only believe in the Flying Saucers folklore but also think in the possibility of making some money with it.
So, after reading some books written for his/her predecessors in the ufological pseudo-science and do some google, they try their hand with a book, a blog or lectures about UFOs and related Memes.
After some time, the new professional ufologists learn that some things sell more than others, and this market law has nothing to do with truth.
When this happens the self proclaimed researchers realize that they are faced with a serious dilemma: To leave a subculture run by charlatans, crooks and maniacs, or engage in the despicable game.
Of course, if the neo-ufologists are sane, they have learned already that practically the whole UFO mythology is a great quackery. Just fiction sold as truth. Repeated unsubstantiated non-events, nonexistent sources, and total disrespect for those who want to believe.
They must choose to leave or remain in the “show”. The future decision is based on personal ethics … or lack of ethics.
If they remain in the ufological circus, perhaps they can make some easy money, but there are prices to pay. Cognitive dissonance is one of the consequences of this self-denial.
Someone should write about the sad personal stories of many who chose to remain in the company of charlatans and hoaxsters.
The Internet has revolutionized how information as well as misinformation can be accessed instantaneously.
For many gullible folks among a segment of the society (and there are many such folks in the so-called UFO Community), the Internet has become a cesspool of totally unfounded “facts” created by hucksters and hoaxsters so much so that even college-educated folks seem to fall into it.
Such hucksters and hoaxsters have become so skillful in their “art forms” that it is becoming harder and harder for many folks to distinguish what is true information and what is misinformation.
(Also add to all this those who are propagating the UFO Industry, i.e., some authors, some UFO talk show hosts and many UFO Conference promoters.)
Here is how it works.
Conference promoters sell booths to many vendors (the vast majority of the vendors are propagators of the so-called New Age movement and are vendors of New Age books and trinkets such as crystals, miniature pyramids, fortune telling paraphernalia, New Age DVDs, ad nauseam).
Conference speakers (not only UFO “experts” but also some self-claimed “abductees” and “experiencers”) in turn, get their own booths in order to sell their books (by and large dubiously “substantiated” UFO books), DVDs, etc. etc. ad nauseam).
It’s basically all about selling and selling.
This is why it is called the UFO INDUSTRY.
By the way, Paul Hellyer, former Minister of Defence of Canada, had nothing to do with UFOs while he was in the employ of the Canadian government. It was only after he had long retired, that he began to read some UFO books and became a believer. Now he is in high demand as a UFO Conference speaker.
One of the honored speakers of the Hungry Raccoon UFO Conference (above), The Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Minister of Defence of Canada who states that “Aliens are here, dressed as nuns”. Watch the following video:
Here is another good story-teller, Sean David Morton, a pathological con artist according to many:
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