In The News: Department of Sociology

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 23, 2019

A bored college student in Bakersfield, California, logs onto Facebook and creates an alien-themed event as a goof. Two weeks later and more than 400 miles away, a small Nevada town is thrown into turmoil. It’s a prime example of the butterfly effect, part of chaos theory, which Jeff Goldblum warned us about in “Jurassic Park.”

Evening Standard
September 20, 2019

UFO enthusiasts from around the world have descended on a remote Nevada town near the once-secret Area 51 military base.

Fortune
September 20, 2019

Alien-hunters are arriving near Area 51 after a viral craze that saw them commit to storm the mysterious US military base as a variety of events are taking place to mark the weekend, including music festivals in a variety of locations.

CBS News
September 20, 2019

The "Storm Area 51" invitation spawned festivals in the tiny Nevada towns of Rachel and Hiko nearest the military site, and a more than two-hour drive from Las Vegas.

Associated Press
September 20, 2019

About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to “storm” the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff’s deputies.

The Guardian
September 20, 2019

Lincoln county sheriff said about 1,500 people headed to two desert towns in response to the internet hoax to ‘raid’ the base

Billboard
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.

O Estado de S. Paulo
September 20, 2019

For sociologist and pop culture expert, event that was born without pretensions on Facebook risks becoming a security crisis in a protected area of the U.S. government.

Daily Mail
September 20, 2019

Authorities admit they don't know what to expect as the 'Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us' event kicks off in rural Nevada.

Swiss Radio and Television
September 20, 2019

A student calls via Facebook to storm Area 51, the mysterious secret base of the US military. What was meant as a joke, developed a dangerous momentum.

ThisIsMoney.co.uk
September 20, 2019

About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada - at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens - and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies.

PBS
September 20, 2019

The music kicked off weekend events — inspired by an internet hoax to “see them aliens” — that Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said had drawn perhaps 1,500 people to two tiny desert towns.