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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Our Stats (Visitors and/or Readers) and Roswell

This is our per day page visits, an average of about 1000+ usually:


This is our page visits when Anthony Bragalia provides something that is Roswell related:

This seems to go to the observation by Aaron John Gulyas in his book, The Chaos Conundrum, reviewed below, in my 11/23 piece.

That observation by AJG is that Roswell, no matter what UFO buffs think about it, pro or con, still generates inordinate attention when UFOs are discussed or presented as a topic, online and off.

That there are other UFO reports that better UFO lore is true but for some reason, not exactly clear, Roswell still haunts UFO mavens and the public, in a way that exceeds its importance as a UFO event.

I invite explication...

RR



9 Comments:

  • The explanation of why Roswell fascinates is fairly straightforward. Roswell is the only UFO case where the military (government) actually admitted that they actually had captured a "flying saucer." Even the total denial a day later fascinates since (at least to modern audiences) the weather baloon explanation always smelled like a dumb-ass cover-up. Further, the several subsequent "explanations" of that incident (some totally absurd) reinforced the belief that something important was, indeed, being covered-up. But why go through the trouble? The question that lingersis what is the heck is really so important that the government must keep revising its "explanations" of the event every decade or so. Now add to all of this the alleged documents (MJ-12 and others) that actually mention details about the Rosewell crash and alien bodies. (What fascinates here is not only the alleged "confirmation" in the documents of a UFO crash but the concern as to why anyone (either in or out of government) would go through the trouble of creating phony documents for some alleged event explained officially as weather balloon. Finally, unlike almost any other UFO case, there is always the possibility (hope?) that some "new evidence" will expose the reality of the UFO event and the government's decades of lies and deception. Can't really think of any other UFO case, classic or not, where all of these factors come together in this kind of perfect storm.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Saturday, November 23, 2013  

  • Top branding of ufology.

    By Blogger Yvan D., at Saturday, November 23, 2013  

  • I remember a British moderator on a ufo/paranormal forum who enthusiastically saved up his money for a holiday trip to Roswell. He enjoyed himself very much and proudly uploaded his Roswell pics for all of us to see. Never mind visiting key historical sites in the rest of the U.S...ho hum.

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger brownie, at Saturday, November 23, 2013  

  • Rich:

    You ask why the Roswell is an order of magnitude more popular than any other, average UFO topic? Two reasons, I think.

    First of all, the Roswell story—if true—is dispositive of many of the UFO questions. The average UFO story involves one or typically, a few, witnesses, often without any corroborating evidence. Inevitably, this leads to a lot of ambiguity in the interpretation. Perhaps the witness was mistaken/lying/drunk/hallucinating, etc. Perhaps the witness saw a real object, but it was Venus,/swamp gas,/a secret military airplane, etc. The Roswell story, if true, dismisses a host of these “possibilities” and gives an answer: Some UFOs are real, physical, pieces of technology created and operated by some non-human entities. When they crash, they form piles of debris that can be carted off, kept in hangars and studied. The US military/security apparatus was aware of this in 1947 and took steps to keep the story secret, etc. In other words, the Roswell story—if true—would supply answers, not just an endless supply of questions.

    Second, there is a large, and increasing, number of individuals who claim to have some role in the story. They are still coming out of the woodwork. I believe the number of first, second, and third hand witnesses is now in the several hundreds. That, by itself, is probably a couple of orders of magnitude greater than any other UFO story.

    I think the average person—even if they can’t put these factors together in a mathematically tight argument—realize that the Roswell story is in a class by itself.

    By Blogger Larry, at Saturday, November 23, 2013  

  • Perhaps it is not Roswell that attracts the 'visitors' but Anthony Bragalia. What is it about his topics/writings that attracts so many hits?

    Another angle (or am I revealing my ignorance of how these things work?):

    Until you make a 'hit' on a website, you do not know the latest topic. Am I right? Therefore it is only after you have made the random first 'hit' that the counting should begin. Again, my knowledge of how these website hit counts work may be deficient. Also, do repeat 'hits' while the site is still 'alive' count as genuine repeats?

    I did read somewhere that website count claims should be treated with suspicion. This is no reflection on yourself. You may not care to go into website technicalities.

    By Blogger cda, at Sunday, November 24, 2013  

  • CDA:

    How Blogger/Google calculates page view is my guess also. It's arcane.

    But the graph shows that the blog was viewed (or clicked on) as indicated.

    When Mr. Bragalia posts anything, we seem to get that spike, from other sites noting his postings and linking to it....Rense lately and Coast-to-Coast also.

    When the name Bragalia comes up or Roswell, the "hits" exceed our normal or regular amount of visitors.

    Since we don't use "hits" to accrue ad monies, you can rest assured that the graph numbers are legit, despite my not knowing how they are calculated.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, November 24, 2013  

  • To be blunt, this is a cause for bleak despair, nothing else. The triumph of the Roswell circus in ufology, this is what people want to read about; the real substance to ufology (what there is of it), they could care less for.

    The dynamic here is no different to people flocking to the multiplex to see the latest Adam Sandler schlock or Transformers garbage, and the real innovative, original films struggle to find viewers and financing. The same with people lapping up Harry Potter, who reads Pynchon or Gorky?

    If you want to be popular, sure offer the readership popcorn and hot dogs. In this Age of Banality, any and all truths on any and all things are very much on the margins, if it's there at all.

    You want to be any kind of truth teller, or rather you want to approach the truth of anything at all, no matter how clumsily or otherwise and no matter how sincerely, you are going to be in the wilderness. The choice is yours. Popularity or truth telling, not always mutually exclusive but often enough as to be a general rule.

    Authentic Science and Art have nothing do do with popularity contests. It's the exact opposite in fact.

    By Blogger Lawrence, at Sunday, November 24, 2013  

  • I'd wager to guess that one of the reason Tony garners increase in post views is related to the number of comments per posting. The dialog may be a factor as people tend to check back in to see who commented and or replied to a comment.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, November 25, 2013  

  • Its simple minded and resembles pablum. A comic book mind balm for golf ball sized intellects.
    Therefore,it's popular and also therefore explains why it will never conclude, or reach a conclusion. Popularity and merit are two different animals as plunging standards amply demonstrated all around us, a largely post literate society.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, November 26, 2013  

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