Monday, December 14, 2015

Spam or Disinfo? Repeated But Unattributed Quotes About UFOs That Crowd the Internet

Anyone who follows UFO sightings knows there’s plenty of junk out there. But how much of that junk has a purpose, is supposed to be there, is… planted? In other words, is the Internet getting littered with alien and UFO-related spam in order to drown out the legitimate stories and investigations? Probably. Do regular folks not “in” on this scheme unknowingly but quite effectively promote this disinfo? Probably.

Pinning down who’s disinfo and who’s just crazy or stupid, however, is extremely challenging! But I’m going to attempt to do that today. (PS, I’ll fill you in on how, Life’s Little Mysteries, Fox News, and the Discovery Channel are completely in cahoots… they frame and lie about UFO stories together, and it is embarrassingly transparent… in an upcoming blog.)
There are a few key phrases that constantly pop up in my Twitter feed and Google alerts, as they feature the word “UFO” in them. I cannot find the origin of these quotes – they’re not from a famous film or author as far as I can tell. Yet they get restated verbatim over and over and over and over again. Who’s putting these quotes online? A lot of people – on Twitter and forums mostly – and more often than not, these people appear to be taking credit for the “original” thought.

The first phrase is: “Have you noticed since everyone has a cell phone these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?”
Occasionally, you’ll see this phrase show up with the word “camcorders” instead of cell phones. There are 4,190 exact results for this phrase, however! Where is this phrase coming from? A suspended or deleted account from Yahoo answers, a random and seemingly legitimate Twitter account (one of HUNDREDS I’d guess), a message board rounding up funny quotes, and elsewhere:




"According to a CBC news release on March 11, 2014, UFO sightings across Canada are 'sky high' reaching nothing like it over the past 25 years."

NUFORC director says worldwide UFO reports up 23% from 2013

According to a notice by Director Peter Davenport, on the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) web site, reported sightings of UFOs around the world have increased by 23 percent over the last year.

“Over the course of the last two weeks, our center has been inundated with an abnormally large volume of sighting reports, submitted from around the world,” he said. “We have received approximately 650-700 reports during that time period, which we have posted to our website as of January 10th.” (2014)