posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 07:08 AM
By the same measure you apply to films, I suppose the amount of books about aliens, be they fictional or documentary , also have some meaning? If so
how far back do you propose to go? If some tales are to be believed , then the first story of aliens may have been written by the Egyptians, or the
Mayans or some other ancient culture, and be painted in minute and exacting detail upon the walls of some monumental eddifice somewhere.
What about the radio broadcast of war of the worlds? How about the acres of work by authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Greg Bear, and Steven Baxter? If
you include the literary contribution to the subject, you will be swamped with data.
My opinion is that quite apart from an increase in literate and creative persons, to whom describing the unknown comes naturaly , the reason for the
upsurge in media exposure to the alien subject, is largely to do with an upsurge in interest in the subject. People LIKE aliens, are interested in
UFO, and find the entire premise of life outside our solar system at once fascinating and entertaining. The popularity of the well known science
fiction monolith that is Star Trek, is possibly the best evidence for this line of thinking. In every one of its cycles it details the life of a
future people, surrounded , emotionaly involved with, companions of and also enemies of countless , myriad species of alien cultures. Say what you
will about the production quality of some of the episodes and movies made in its name, but Star Trek is a really interesting phenomenon to observe,
because by looking at the fans, and the popularity and the loyalty of its fans, you can easily come to the conclusion that people are ready for the
future as detailed in the show, and would be sorely dissapointed if we were all that resides in the universe, in terms of intellient species.
However, I do not believe that even that monolithic and highly sucessfull show, can be added to the pile of evidence of some conspiracy . Creation is
in our blood, attempting to spin tales, tell stories, and improvise on a theme is the basis of all art, wether pictographic, literary , or the strange
mix of both that is movie and television production. Art has always followed trends, ever since paint was first applied to a surface, and that trend
following habit, has never deserted those who create art, in any of its forms. I think that if anything , this following of trends in movies and tv is
an echo of that.
We could say the same of disaster movies, each more utterly depressing and awe inspiring than the last. We could say similar of the movies about
robotic life, post apocalyptic movies like Book Of Eli, and others. In art, all that is done, or will be done, has been done before, and is merely an
echo of the past, even when refering to the future. To make much of the patterns that may or may not appear in the analysis of thier number, or
frequency of thier production would be, I think , to tread down a path of never ending twists and turns, with no overarching point to it. Its art, and
looses all meaning if you over analyse it.