From: Lan Fleming <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 08:59:52 -0500 Fwd Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 15:55:36 -0400 Subject: Re: 'Media Not Covering-Up' - Fleming >From: Eleanor White <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 16:20:14 +0000 >Subject: Re: SDI 190 - 'Media Not Covering-Up' >>From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com> >>To: firstname.lastname@example.org >>Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 09:46:52 EDT >>Subject: Re: SDI 190 - 'Media Not Covering-Up' >>>From: Roy Hale <email@example.com> >>>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 16:35:22 +0100 >>>Subject: Re: SDI 190 - 'Media Not Covering-Up' >>>>>From: Eleanor White <email@example.com> >>>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>>>Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 08:10:47 +0000 >>>>>Subject: Re: SDI 190 - 'Media Not Covering-Up' ><snip> >>This is why the issue is now dropping off the radar screens. >>Maybe I'll soon have to revive the title for my old lecture, >>"Whatever Happened to UFOs?" >Doesn't anyone consider that 9/11 and its frenzied fallout might >be what is diminishing UFO interest? Maybe I've missed something, but what is this evidence that interest has dropped off? I have a web site, www.vgl.org, that is tangentially related to UFOs (the possibility of artificial structures on Mars). On checking the monthly statistics for web page accesses, I could see no evidence of any permanent decline in interest. In August, there were 2273 visitors. In September the number dropped off to 1847 and stayed below 2000 for several months. The sudden drop-off by the end of September _might_ have had something to do with the events of Sept. 11. That would be completely understandable, given the enormity of what happened on that day. But the effects weren't permanent. The average number of visitors is now back up to about 2200 per month. The number of visitors skyrocketed to over 10,000 in just the last four days after Richard Hoagland put a link on his web site to the recent article I posted on stereographic measurements of the elevations of the Mars Face and surroundings. (As much as NASA hates the guy, the size of the audience that RCH commands must give their PR department fits). I suspect that the major UFO web sites, some of which have a volume of traffic many times greater than mine, have been equally unaffected. The answer to the question: "whatever happened to UFOs?" seems to be that they're on the Internet after 30 years of government and media "education and debunking" campaigns as recommended by the CIA's Robertson Panel. There was nothing much about UFOs in the conventional news media before 9/11, and there's nothing much now. Nothing's really changed in that regard. What _has_ changed over the past 10 years is the emergence of the Internet as a major source of information. It's a radically different medium that may be making manipulation of public opinion much more difficult now than it used to be. The content of TV news and newspapers reflects what the owners and publishers want the public to be interested in. The Internet reflects what the public is _really_ interested in. In many respects, the two are apparently quite different. BTW: if the tensions between India and Pakistan result in nuclear war, a whole lot more than UFOs will drop off the radar screen. The situation seems to be shaping up into the worst threat to civilization since the Cuban missile crisis.
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