Friday, June 22, 2007

I think we can safely expect the alleged "drones" to become increasingly complex as new images materialize -- if, of course, the meme doesn't die out first.

The evolution of the drones' construction arguably mirrors the progression of early crop circles from relatively simple glyphs to today's geometrically sophisticated designs. Is a cabal of drone aficionados deliberately starting with minimalist designs and working its way up to the equivalent of a "mothership"? Or are we witnessing a spontaneous trend?

Perhaps in discounting the drone images we deprive ourselves a front-row seat to a meme undergoing the rigors of evolution, a process ufology has yet to fully understand for lack of sheer intellectual and cross-disciplinary flexibility.


mister ecks said...

honestly i think that just as with crop circles the hoaxers are just trying to top themselves the more their work gets publicity.

Mac said...

It's either that or else this is a timed release of increasingly novel "drone" configurations. Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how perfectly absurd!

Paul Kimball said...

Or perhaps some of us just don't have any time to waste on an obvious hoax - and realize the damage crap like this does to the effort to get anyone to take the UFO phenomenon seriously.


Katie said...

Wow, it's gone from looking like a juicer to looking like an egg beater.

How clever!

Mac said...


I think we can learn from the progression of a hoax. Images like these give us a chance to watch a myth in the making, and that can be hugely beneficial. For example, key elements from the abduction phenomenon (regardless of its source) have evolved over time to match the current zeitgeist, shedding much light on "socio-ufology."

Anonymous said...

Or sociological ecology?

Anonymous said...

All I can say is, there's a brilliant techno-sculptor out there somewhere. These objets belong in a museum!

--WMB as Anon

Anonymous said...

In the same vein as Whitley Strieber's "what if the drones are real" speculations in his journal entries on his web site, I'll take a "what if" position: What if Strieber's Communion stories aren't true?

I'm not saying they aren't--maybe he and his friends and family really have experienced at least a few of the things he relates, but what if they didn't?

If so, then Strieber may see it as his purpose, with his "stories that are true", to invent fictions designed to make us think, to stretch our minds, more than traditional speculative fiction (SF), by claiming them to be real.

Using this technique, he knows his stories can have more of an impact than many traditional fictional story usually do. I know that while I read his Communion books, which I did each time they were first published, that I got several eerie feelings of "recognition" of some of even the wilder ideas he promotes, which I haven't gotten from reading SF that doesn't claim to be true, probably because part of the "deal" you enter into while reading his "true stories", is to at least entertain the possibility that at least some of it might be real, at least for a while--that opens up parts of your brain that a standard SF story rarely does. To his credit, I had a few similar feelings while reading his fictional "Cat Magic", so he does know his tricks, even when writing admitted fiction.

But Strieber may not have been satisfied with the degree of influence that the entire body of admitted SF has had, and decided to create a new genre, or at least expand upon one that was pretty small at the time. I see a lot of influence by standard SF in many of the world's "modern" cultures, but Strieber may have seen the greater possibilities in creating some stories that he claimed were true, and indeed his "true story" (remember that's how the first Communion book was labeled on the cover) has had more influence than most traditional SF.

In this sense, Strieber's writings are similar to those of L. Ron Hubbard--both originally SF authors, who then began to label their writings, past a certain point, as being nonfiction, in order to influence events by claiming to have knowledge relating to human growth. We can see how much influence, of a sort, one person such as Hubbard can have with this approach, even though the storyline of the alien "Xenu" is so absurd:

Thousands of Scientologists really believe in the Xenu story. Thousands of "tech" Scientologists don't, so I'll give that bunch at least a tiny bit of credit ("tiny" is the operative word here), but the tech stuff--e-meters, etc.-- is nonsense too, but it's important to note that the e-meters play a prominent role in the "true story" fraud--show the gullible a piece of supposedly high-tech hardware (like the "drones"), and it gives them something solid to relate to, an item that's at least physically real (though not functionally real) that seems to reinforce the story as being real. I don't know how many Scientologists there are of whatever sort, but even if there aren't that many, Scientology serves as a useful example of how presenting something as fictional, as being true, can have substantial impact.

But the implications of "the true story" approach, throughout history, are even bigger. Hubbard's claimed aim was to create a new religion, of a sort, and though really it was all a tax dodge, a grab for personal power, and madness, other people, smarter than Hubbard, may be attempting to devise other fake religions for various control reasons, also using the "alien" phenomenon, with fake versions of high-tech hardware such as supposed alien vehicles, and ideas about human growth. Standard religious myths, claiming to be true, supposedly supported by bits of tangible items for the gullible to handle and mull over (bits of "the true cross", the Shroud of Turin, and fantastic items just out of actual reach, like the Grail--UFOs play that role at the moment), have worked to both organize and manipulate humans for thousands of years, so why not see what happens by using other combinations of hardware and mystical trappings to start another religion? I'm not the first person to observe that the whole UFO phenomenon bears a close resemblance to standard theology--godlike beings who were supposedly responsible for creating the human species, originally in closer contact with humans, then pulling away for centuries or eons, making mostly hard-to-pin-down appearances during that time, only to finally return to hopefully save humanity.

Sure, the evidence indicates that a weird phenomenon might have been going on for at least thousands of years, and we don't know what it is yet, but now we may have human fakers emulating new incidents for their own gain, or some misplaced sense of beneficence or mere control.

Strieber's approach is much milder than these stories--he takes the stance more of a hoped-for "meeting of the minds" than a ruling class--but it still has mystical elements, and until he jumped onto this "drone" nonsense, his fictional world-view didn't have much of a hardware element.

He makes some revealing statements in his June 29 2007 journal entry, regarding the drones and truth: "…to demand the wrong sort of explanations--concrete proof, for example, that none of this is a hoax--is to stand fast instead of continuing the journey. No risk, no gain."…."In our consciousness, fact and imagination are two different things. We say, "it was just imagination" to dismiss something. The visitors have a different view of this. They say that imagination creates fact, and it is out of this more correct understanding of reality that their evolution of power forms has arisen."

I'm glad to see he's such an authority on something he also occasionally cautiously says he has no real understanding of.

I don't deny that there may be something truly mystical in human experience, and certainly imagination plays a huge role in our lives, but I'm not convinced that Strieber's take on the "alien" phenomenon is entirely sound, especially when he thumps the old "It looks like they might be about to show themselves!" drum.

If "they" show themselves in any of the guises of the supposed alien nonsense that's been circulating since the Kenneth Arnold sightings, look off to the side, where they don't want us to look, for the guys in the military uniforms, the lab coats, the banker's suits, and the jailer's uniforms.

Or at least nerds in Klingon Halloween costumes, but armed with real weapons.

The above commentary on the "drone
hoax" was found on the website.

I think it speaks to a powerful aspect of the written word and its' impact on credulous people who "want to believe", as noted by the infamous Mulder/X-files poster with the fake Billy Meier-derived ufo hovering in the background.

When writers like Strieber, after a certain point, like with Communion and nearly everything since then he's written on the "others" is portrayed as non-fiction instead of the fiction it actually is, a crucial line of restraint and honesty has been crossed.

I hope, Mac, you take very great care in your writing about the cryptoterrestrial "thought experiment" not to cross this critical line.

I agree with your comment above to Paul about how very important it is to study how many of what may seem to be just ridiculous (or easy to dismiss) aspects of the more absurd ufo belief "spectrum" should be carefully studied, and understood, as their impact on the credulous is potentially very severe in the long run.

Either Strieber is delusional and/or he's a fraud. He made over a million dollars on Communion, which was a strong best-seller. Just think how much less he would have made on that book, and subsequent ones, if it had been labeled as what it really is, fiction, instead of the personal, con-man psyop for money and "fame & glory" that he fabricated and portrayed as non-fiction.

He, and others like Linda Howe, Budd Hopkins, William Birnes, David Jacobs, and the like, are all both delusional (they drink their own kool-aid) and/or sleazy, disgusting frauds trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the credulous, those who lack critical thinking skills, and those "believers" looking for something to believe in, even if it's a dangerous lie.

Just like L. Ron Hubbard with Scientology and Hitler with his insane "National Socialist" Aryan mythos. The real horror is, particularly in times of critical instability in various cultures, like ours is in now, how these false beliefs take on a life of their own and rapidly expand.

It is hideous, damaging, and destructive. It is mental "banana-food" for the chimps surrounding us, looking for things to beat their hairy, ignorant chests about, and is used to justify and initiate the greatest horrors in the history and probable future of humanity. How inutterably stupid and grievous.

How "primate-ive."

And we ain't seen nothin' yet--just give this syndrome another 15 to 25 years to evolve. Then, with this kind of "help" and related false belief systems, all absolute hell will come raining down.

Watch out for what you believe in.

You have been warned.

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