Who started the ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook Event?
This is what a real social media storm may look like. Or rather – a potentially million men flash mob, organized by Matty Roberts. This young, long-haired American created recently an event on Facebook, called "Naruto run" on Area 51 facilities in the Nevada desert. Naruto is a hero from a Japanese cartoon that can run really fast. The event's organizers plan to "move faster than their bullets" and want to "see them aliens."
Ah, these young people's fantasies, if you are 20, you don't think that much about the consequences. Anything is possible and anything can happen, until something bad... does happen.
People being in charge of the U.S military are not in their 20s though and discourage a potential flash mob. "The U.S. Air Force is aware of the Facebook event encouraging people to 'Storm Area 51,' " an Air Force spokesperson said to National Public Radio. "Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged, " he added. He also emphasized how important and vital Area 51 is "in support of U.S national interests"
But there are some people that are happy because of Area 51 social media storm, like Connie West, co-owner of Little A'Le'Inn, the closest lodging site to Area 51.
Since Matty Roberts and his want-to-be-anonymous partner "Val" created mentioned event, Connie's phone is ringing like crazy. Lodging' 10 rooms are fully booked for the day of the event and she is really happy. She can also make some money by renting space for the tents on her 30-acre land. So far over 60 people committed to pitch a tent on the day of the event.
"Apparently, people are taking it seriously," West said. "I think they're stupid if they think they're going to get to the test site, but I'm gonna capitalize on it."