How do you think aliens would regard our society? If an alien ship landed in your backyard, would you run away or bring a bundt cake?
Amusingly, I meant to post something along these lines, anyway!
Ok, so for the longest time, I've been confused about the way the standard alien encounter supposedly goes. Be it some abduction scenario or just your standard fly-by, it really doesn't seem like how any higher-tech Earth culture acts when scoping out a lower-tech culture. Generally, they'd either bonk the local leader over the head and take over, or they'd chat up the folks and ask to meet their leaders and all, or they lurk off under some shrubbery to observe the culture sans contact. None of the "Well, let's supposedly nab a person here and there, sometimes chatting them up, but it's usually nobody special. We'll also buzz planes and things now and again, and hang out near semi-populated areas, but rarely just hover in plain sight over a major metropolis." actions really fit that!
But... (dramatic chord) ...the other day I was talking with some cephalopod specialist up at the university, and she (yes, she. Like I wouldn't go out of my way to become pals with a young woman who knows her squid-trivia?!) pointed out that the standard UFO/alien behavior-stories fit perfectly well for when it's a higher-tech Earth culture scoping out some critters.
In a way I'm glad that there's now an apt analogy that makes sense, and in a way... eh. Little creepy.
PS: Cool new-ish duet-band, Pomplamoose is worth checking out. The bulk of their videos are a new-ish style called VideoSongs, wherein
1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).
You may have seen Brett Domino do the same thing.