First off, let me state that I am not an anti-vaxxer (I'm not sure I have a position at the moment), and this particular thread isn't really about
vaccinations themselves, but about some of the discussion surrounding them. In searching ATS I see there are a number of threads debating the
potential harms and/or merits which various vaccines are alleged to cause / cure. In nearly all of these threads there seems to be a hot and vigorous
debate on the subject. What prompted me to do this search here was something I noticed elsewhere.
Oddly enough I happened to be looking at Wikipedia (I know, I know...unreliable, etc), but it didn't have anything to do with this subject. I clicked
on a google link (to Wikipedia) while looking up the American celebrity Jenny McCarthy. All I was really trying to find out at the time was if she
had one kid or two (turns out it's one, but this is beside the point). The thing which struck me was, fully half of the wiki page dedicated to her
was cluttered up with vaccination discussion related edits (and very poor edits at that). Not really knowing anything about her I decided to read
some of this more carefully. Seems she has allegedly been outspoken in the past about potential harm (autism) being caused by certain vaccines.
Many times when I see jumbled edits on a Wikipedia page I will click on the "talk" tab to see what sort of edit war is going on. So I did this on her
page and, WOW, the whole first archive is just filled with some heavy hitters (on Wikipedia) going back and forth about vaccines. Many of the edits
were 'anonymous', but the end result is almost her entire page has devolved into a vaccines related crusade (mostly critical from a pro-vaccine
standpoint). This lead me to do some poking around here on ATS.
A quick search here on ATS using "vaccines" as a search term results in pages and pages of threads. Looking further at some of the threads themselves
I saw an equally spirited debate both pro and con. Here's what I found strange though...
Much the same as the wiki edits, many (not all) of the pro-vaccine posters on these vaccine related threads seem to have only posted on these threads
and then effectively vanished. It gives the appearance they only signed up to weigh in on this one subject. Then I started comparing vaccine related
threads here. Many of these low post count, single subject, posters weighed in across multiple vaccine related threads, but in looking at their
profiles they hadn't really participated in any other topics of discussion.
Aside from hearing the usual rumor mongering background noise about vaccines in various circles, I guess I was never really aware this was as big of a
topic as it is. Equally I was surprised at, what appears to me anyway, the 'special interest' nature of many of the posts. It's almost as if this
discussion brings the medical / pharma industry shills out of the woodwork.
Did I just happen onto some coincidental threads, or is this common for this subject?
If I didn't know better (heh, heh) I'd think there was some sort of a psyops / lobby component to this discussion.
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