There has been some low level of discussion over Hillary Clinton’s claim she would declassify all of the UFO-related data the U.S. government has. Personally, I don’t care one way or another; I don’t think this has any political significance at all.
But what I find interesting is how little UFOs ‘matter to the zeitgeist’ or what have you. If you search Google’s ngrams (for whatever that’s worth), “UFO” peaked in 1998 and has declined ever since.
What used to be a pop culture reference point has pretty much vanished–and I don’t think it’s just the end of the X-Files. The key thing is ubiquitous photography and video in the form of cell phones (and digital handcams). If UFO visitations were real (for sake of argument), with all of the recording power the average citizen has at her disposal, we should have had some pretty conclusive evidence by now. As Nadia Drake notes, we don’t. At all.
Not to worry, we’re still incredibly irrational fantasists. But the UFO fantasy really seems to have receded.