Tuesday, June 19, 2007

“Young” UFOlogy

At the risk of appearing patronizing, as well as guilty of some kind of “ism” (youthism? ageism? oldism?) there has been discussion here and there, now and then, about younger UFO and paranormal, Fortean researchers. Kimball, Loren Coleman, and others have commented on this not too long ago.

It is a good thing to see younger people (jesus, that makes me sound so old!) (Well, guess I am, let’s face it. . .) involved in these studies. What do I mean by “younger people?” Seems a bit arbitrary to just cut people off at an age. I don’t know, under forty? Under fifty? I’ll let you all decide. Me, I’m fifty er, um, okay, three. I said it! Fifty damn three years old. In my head, I’m still twelve, somedays twenty-two, but the outside doesn’t show it. Or feel it. Anyway, enough about me and my old age, here are two younger people writing on UFOs and related topics:

Tina Sena is one that’s been mentioned earlier. She has her own blog, Yufology, and writes for BoA, writing her Esoterica column.

Another younger person is Ross Howard, author of the blog AETHER THEORIES.

3 comments:

Lesley said...

What can ya do? We all wake up one day and realize that we no longer entirely fit in with younger people and that is when we start referring to them as younger, youths, children and whatever else.

99% of the time I totally forget that I am "old" and then I pull up next to that car with the blasting music that sucks (IMO). I think to myself that none of the music I listened to when I was young sucked that much and then I realize that I sound much like all the adults I hated when I was young. They told me that would happen, but I didn't believe it at the time.

So I say to the young ufologists, respect your elders to a point, but do things your own way without worrying about what they will think of it.

R. Lee said...

99% of the time I totally forget that I am "old" and then I pull up next to that car with the blasting music that sucks (IMO). I think to myself that none of the music I listened to when I was young sucked that much and then I realize that I sound much like all the adults I hated when I was young. They told me that would happen, but I didn't believe it at the time.
LOL, I know that one!

AS to younger people doing things their own way -- and related to this field -- I agree. And who knows, maybe we'll all learn something new. (At the same time, there is some things "they" can also learn from us.)

I"m just glad to see younger people getting involved, and that the potentional future (isn't all future "potentional?") of Fortean studies isn't doomed to die a stuffy old death, as some like to say.

Ross said...

Hey R.Lee thanks a ton! I enjoyed your thoughts about young people in Ufology...it is definitely needed but at the same time it is great to have the people who have been around the field for a long time.