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Usually when I see threads like that, I quickly move on to something else. I won't even waste my time on them.
originally posted by: notmyrealname
a reply to: eisegesis
Completely agree. I do not make many threads and mostly read (until something go into me yesterday). I will do my best to heed your rant request and serve a fine meal with refreshments to all when I do.
If there is anything to take away from my involvement here, its that I feel part of something greater than myself.
Something greater then yourself?
I think you expect to much from ATS and from the average person.
You know sometimes someone comes across something they find interesting, it has not been posted, they may have no further insight but want to GET that insight from fellow ATS ers what is wrong with that, they are sincere not everyone is Einstein and can provide "something greater".
Do yourself a favor and realize that your success here at ATS, whatever that may be, is not due to flashy thread titles that end in question marks or the one paragraph followed by such demands as "your thoughts?" or my personal favorite, "what say you ATS?"
You have no imagination, your thoughts are nonexistent and your attempt to spark a debate falls upon those who bring their own beer to the party.
As the host, I would expect there to be SOMETHING for me to chew on, but like many times, I am left hungry.
Not every guest is as hungry as myself and will humbly reward the massive exertion of energy it took you to develop the only sentence you probably accidentally put into writing.
Nothing original, no imagination, no insight, no postulating. Your thread has crash landed before it ever got off the ground and there is nothing left to admire but the explosion and rising flames which quickly reduces itself into a smoldering pile of ashes. And like most terrible hosts, you are the first to pass out leaving everybody else to clean up the mess.
(for almost nothing)
The other thing, as I believe was the point of the post just above me, is that people tend to overlook those posts that are longer because the author of said post added their own discussion. That shouldn't be the case. Discussion boards are just that...discussion boards
We boast about having intelligent conversation, but somehow some people believe you can have an intelligent conversation WITHOUT actually saying anything. While I'm sure that's possible if you're psychic...most of us don't have that gift.
Well...on ATS you might find plenty of them who think they do anyway...
Send those "New Agers/Psychic" types who like to pretend they have divine mystical abilities my way. I LOVE talking to them...
I am also convinced that an age of social media, where "status updates" are the general means of cuneiform and writing - it also shortens attention span.
I've seen people put more creative thought into a status update, than a research paper these days.
You sound like me. I bet you have a lot of good stories to tell over a few drinks after work!
originally posted by: Involutionist
I agree; being restricted to 70 characters in a post can condition the mind towards having a shorter attention span. It seeks ways to convey and attain information in the quickest way. Then again: a wise person can give an hour speech in under five minutes.
I feel you, I often remind those people: It's a status update, not a journal entry!
Are you asking me out....?
That depends on a few things. Do I call you sir, or ma'am?