posted on Jul, 26 2015 @ 03:54 PM
Has anyone else noticed that the vast majority of the most popular threads on seemingly all conspiracy forums is increasingly becoming news stories?
It's a trend I've seen for years and years now. Just look at the most popular threads on this forum day in and day out. They're mostly just news
stories, usually from MSM sources.
This problem is by no means the fault of the management of this website. The management of ATS has done an incredible amount of work I believe to
focus the users of the forum on conspiracy theories and research. I think the fact that this site is increasingly looking like a news aggregator is
the fault of the users only. There is some conspiracy theory analysis in the news threads. But, with about 90% of the posts in those threads I can't
see any significant difference between the comments here and the comment sections on the MSM sites that those articles usually originate from.
I should mention that at some of the other large conspiracy forums, the management is actively trying to turn those forums into something resembling a
news aggregator. Why? It appears that's what drives traffic for those sites. The fact that news is driving traffic on these sites rather than
conspiracy theory and research is the heart of the problem in my opinion.
I think the user base of conspiracy forums are increasingly forgetting what these forums are actually for. In my opinion, we're supposed to be coming
to clearer understandings of why things happen so that we can make better predictions, take more appropriate action, and ultimately make the world
better through improved understanding and action. Discussing news events can help with those things a little. But, it does not give one the kind of
insight that comes through adequate conspiracy theory research.
edit on 26-7-2015 by Profusion because: (no reason given)