So some say. I say, oh don't be so ridiculous.
The study of, the search for, the yearning and the exploring, will never go away or "die." It's all so much bigger than that. To suggest otherwise is naive. It is also illustrative of much overeating of sour grapes.
The UFO Police as well as the uber-skeptics, the debunkers, indulge in the nonsense that "UFOlogy" is dead because there was no there there regarding the slides of a purported crashed ET in Roswell, New Mexico. It's just another hoax.
Goddess knows the paranormal (or anomalous, or Fortean, or weird, or supernatural, whatever term you like) field is full of such episodes. Nothing new. Not only that, nothing to be surprised at at all, since the hoaxing-Trickster-Cosmic Joker-inverse behavior of "it" does just that: mess with us. It always has and always will.
There are so many sides to "this" that it's overwhelming at times and we can feel like Sisyphus trying to get up that hill of weird. But within this enlightening, illuminating, scary, confusing, contradictory world, resides the nonsensical and tawdry, the carnival and the seedy clowns. While the existence of those things can be a bummer and leave a sour taste, it's not the end of anything. It just is. To allow it to get you down for longer than a few days is disappointing and discouraging, and to indulge in it with glee and pronounce the whole rich, complicated thing "dead" is ignorant.
Sure, calling those who intentionally screwed with us on their crap is justified. But then move on already. Not off -- just on. Beyond. And get back to the mysteries and the unanswered questions. Both of which have not gone away. Or, died. They're still alive, and they need our attention.