UFO ‘studies’ have come a long way since the days of Billy Meier, when you could just throw a pie plate or a hubcap into the air and take a polaroid, and presto … proof of flying saucers! Now in these days of Photoshop and CGI, you can get much more elaborate and realistic images — none of those silver blurs anymore. DJ Chubakka introduced me to a weird world of modern UFO enthusiasts.
Nowadays you can read the markings right off the hulls of the spaceships.
The hot new fad in the LGM crowd is “drone” sightings — weirdly intricate objects that float in close and maneuver strangely and pause long enough to be photographed before zipping out of sight. These are claimed to be examples of alien technology used by shadowy government agencies. There are fora dedicated to discussing these objects very seriously, and reports on invisibility and antigravity devices. It’s a strange world on the fringe.
There are also videos. This is what I find incomprehensible about the mindset that accepts these weird phenomena: this movie shows still photos of the drones, presented as genuine, and it also includes video clips that were generated by a computer artist to show that these pictures are easily faked … and the proponents don’t care! It’s all good, man. Just throw that pretty picture in the pot.
While many seem to be gullible enough to fall for it, a few are catching on: it looks like the whole thing might be the product of an elaborate viral marketing campaign for a video game. Halo 3, anyone?
It must be tough to be a UFOlogist anymore. Even the crispest, cleanest, most complete series of photographs isn’t going to be enough, since we all know how easily anything like that can be faked. I almost feel sorry for the pitifully credulous little nerds.