• Perry Jones

5 Things We Learned From the Area 51 Raid

The Area 51 raid has come and gone, and despite months of build up and excitement - the outcome was underwhelming. Even though over 2 million people RSVP'ed as going, with another 1.5 million marking themselves as interested, only 100-150 people actually made the trek to Area 51 to participate in the raid. That has to make you wonder what went wrong.

Sure the event started off as a joke, but quickly spread on social media and became a phenomenon with mentions all over mainstream media and celebrities even joined the list of attendees (none of which showed). Once the dust settled in the Nevada desert, it was easy to see that the event was an absolute dud. Let's sit back and take a look at what went wrong and what we learned from the Area 51 Raid.

Here are the 5 things we learned from the attempted Area 51 raid:

UFO's are a Hot Topic

UFO's have always been a topic of interest, but that interest had waned in the mainstream until recently. Presidential candidates and politicians have come forward to voice their interest in the subject and have even called for more transparency on the topic. Researchers like Tom DeLonge (love him or hate him) have brought the subject of UFO's and aliens to a new and younger audience, and declassified Navy footage of pilots tracking unidentified objects have drawn eyes to the topic of UFO's once again. That momentum is probably why so many people responded to the Area 51 raid and shows that the general public really does want to know if we have been visited. But not of of that interest is sincere, which leads us to our second takeaway:

UFO's and Aliens are Mostly a Joke

Two million people responded to the event, with 1.5 million more marked as potentially coming. Any party planner will tell you that not everyone who RSVP's shows, but many other people bring an unexpected guest. That means we should have seen a much larger turn out, at least 100k or so, yet the actual number or attendees could have fit in a small banquet hall.

Sure it's easy to say well "it was all a joke and we knew it all along" but that wouldn't be honest. Plenty of us thought there would be some sort of respectable turn out give the media attention and talks of music festivals etc. So why was the turn out so small? Because the topic is mostly a joke to the mainstream.

Ufology is a niche market similar to Star Trek fans, toy shows, or car clubs. Sure, there are plenty of people who will say "oh that's cool" and click a link to read a short article about the subject - but few will do much more than that. Too many of the few that do dig deeper on the topic of UFO's tend towards what could be called "out there". The hippie types trying to summon UFO's, the drug users who are quickly dismissed, and people like the guy who was arrested for urinating on the front gate. There are enough weirdos and opportunists in the field that no one is taken seriously outside of the niche.

Social Media is Powerful

Probably the biggest thing that anyone learned from the Area 51 raid is just how powerful social media is. The event spread like wild fire over Facebook and Twitter, was covered by every news outlet, and added people by the thousands every day. What started off as a joke became one of the biggest stories of the summer.

Knowing how much social media is monitored for data collection, I wouldn't call you crazy if you said it was a psychological operation run by the government. Are they trying to see how we would respond to disclosure? Perhaps the Area 51 Raid was a planned test of social media to see how quickly a message could spread. No one can say for sure, but combined with the Ten Year Challenge from earlier in 2019 - we were dumb enough to provide an awful lot of information to the powers that be about our emotions and behavior, motives and reactions, personal reasoning, and identities.

The Government Knew That We Didn't Take it Seriously

Those that did show at the Area 51 gates were met by just a handful of guards. There was no real threat posed by the raiders, and somehow government knew that. How? Sure, most likely there is absolutely nothing at Area 51 that requires protecting. If there ever was anything, it would have been moved long before - but you have to wonder why did our government take such a benign response? It's as if they knew we wouldn't show.

Was that because the whole event, road traffic, airplane reservations, anything you can think of was so closely monitored that they knew exactly how many guards to post? And they made sure to have just enough to control the meager crowd. Just imagine the confrontation if 100k people showed up and really did storm the gate. Does the government shoot its own people to stop the intrusion? We will never know.

We Are No Closer to Disclosure Than We Were Before

The final take away from the Area 51 raid is probably the most heart breaking to anyone interested in the subject. In reality, the social media frenzy probably set back any potential disclosure by years. Why? Because we collectively showed that we are not ready. If disclosure were to come it would be on an very small scale, released in extremely calculated waves. One could argue that is happening with the release of the Nimitz 'Tic Tac' UFO footage, but you could also argue that the raid was a further way of gauging public response to additional releases.

The social media experiment called the Area 51 Raid proved that we would like and share even the smallest and barely insignificant shred of information to anyone and everyone. In other words, we can't keep a secret. Within days thousands would know if not millions. Any UFO disclosure would spread so rapidly that it would probably cause a panic. History buffs will remember the War of the Worlds Broadcast.


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