Michael Ian Borer In The News

Profile: Michael Ian Borer

September 20, 2019
Alien seekers have begun to gather in southern Nevada, with two people detained on September 20 near the entrance of Area 51, a military base surrounded by myths of extraterrestrial visitors.
September 20, 2019
Sound checks echoed from a distant main stage while Daniel Martinez whirled and danced at dusty makeshift festival grounds just after sunset in Rachel, the Nevada town closest to the once-secret Area 51 military base.
September 19, 2019
Michael Ian Borer, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas, sociologist who researches pop culture and paranormal activity, called the festivities sparked by the internet joke "a perfect blend of interest in aliens and the supernatural, government conspiracies, and the desire to know what we don't know."
September 19, 2019
The stage was set Thursday for music and other space-themed entertainment as Earthlings descended on the Nevada desert for events inspired by an internet hoax known as "Storm Area 51."
September 19, 2019
Crowds coming to desert for hoax-turned-festival worry locals, and the Air Force
September 19, 2019
Residents prepare for influx of people near restricted US military site after online joke received millions of responses
September 19, 2019
Area 51′s secrecy has long fueled fascination about extraterrestrial life, UFOs and conspiracy theories, giving rise to the events this week and prompting military warnings not to approach the protected site.
September 19, 2019
Neighbors, elected officials and event organizers said the excitement sparked by an internet joke inviting people to "see aliens" could become a cultural marker, a monumental dud, or something in between.