9:30 – Took kids to school. Determined to finish marking and get back to the book. Done by 11:15 so edited next week’s RSP podcast to get ahead of the game and did my digital ablutions for the morning, before heading to pick Rex up again. Kind of a hectic start to the day, I know, but I find these intense hours invaluable for getting through my less creative and more repetitive tasks.
2:15 – Back to the book. A flurry of emails and back to the close reading. Started a new Evernote file to become a draft Index – I’ll add keywords to this as I reread and redraft, so the final index will be easier to produce. Ran out of steam by 5. Got to the end of chapter 4, and started to worry how long this is taking. Index is now about 300 words though, which is pretty cool.
6:10 – Moved to main library where for a change I opened a new word document, copied the first draft in, formatted in line with Bloomsbury’s style and made a few global changes. It now seems like a real thing. Went home at 7. Won’t get much done tomorrow because I’ll have the kids all day as it’s a general election tomorrow so the schools are out.
Here’s what we’re going for on the back cover and publicity. Any comments welcome:
Placing UFO phenomena and related conspiracy theories in their socio-religious context, this book is an innovative investigation as to why conspiracy theories became so prevalent in the New Age milieu. David Robertson argues that UFOs formed a bridge between conspiracy theories and popular millennial ideas in the post Cold War period. Through case studies mixing historical discourse analysis with ethnographic fieldwork, Robertson examines the work of three writers: the religious overtones of horror novelist Whitley Strieber; David Icke, who theorises that reptilian ETs covertly control the affairs of the world; and David Wilcock, Ancient Aliens regular and alleged reincarnation of Edgar Cayce.
The investigation reveals that UFOs are a symbol for uncertainty concerning the boundaries between scientific and other strategies for the legitimisation of knowledge, encouraging their adoption in both conspiracist and popular millennial discourses. Robertson argues that millennial conspiracism therefore reconciles the utopian vision of popular millennialism with the apocalyptic critique of modern global society offered by conspiracists. At the same time, metaphysical conspiracism offers millennialists a theodicy which argues that the prophesied New Age did not fail, but was prevented from arriving by malevolent, hidden others.
An overview of the development of UFO subcultures from the perspective of religious studies, UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age is an innovative application of discourse analysis to the study of present day alternative religion.