posted on Apr, 2 2016 @ 01:22 AM
originally posted by: MagesticEsoteric
originally posted by: Razmijix
a reply to: On the level
Exactly. And it's become more political than it used to be. It used to have more threads on UFOs,ancient civilizations and just general fringe stuff.
Now it seems to be all politics and current events.
I have to agree with you on the political stance.
I hate that part of ATS now. It's too divisive.
Totally agree. I'm more of lurker myself, but I came to ATS looking to find the stuff that was "beyond" the lowly divisive mudpit that is two party
politics towards a place for the thorough research and discussion of new possibilities. Science and technology, aliens and UFOs, Conspiracy theories,
anomalies, lost civilizations, space exploration....What drew me to ATS (even as a lurker) was that it was a place where speculation could be put
forward and rigorously researched by people of every conceivable opinion on the subject...it would get heated, but it was always at its core about
people exploring and debating the topic together. The ATS I love is a place where the ultimate "Fox Mulder" conspiracy theorist (who could raise
fascinating alternative hypothesis and curiosities that would otherwise remain lost under the "mainstream radar" and uninvestigated) and the most
hardcore of skeptics (not the lazy kind that just dismiss new ideas...the true skeptics that dig deeply into the evidence and hold all claims to equal
scientific scrutiny and demand quality evidence) could come together and speculation could be rigorously discussed...it was a forum for every possible
perspective on these topics, different in so many ways but united by common curiosity to uncover the truth in whatever form it may take. As an
aspiring scientist (many of whom's curiosities lie in the unsolved and unknown), I say with pride that much of the best research I can find on all
this stuff has been made right here on this very website. Unfortunately, I think the political game of all these personalities and figureheads
slugging it out inevitably sparks the opposite kind of discussion from the virtues previously listed. I still love ATS, and many of the very things I
just praised are still here. Unfortunately though, politics doesn't spark exploration of possibilities, rather the kind of superficial "taking it too
personally" anger that makes the many of the anomalous topics that drew us all to this forum continue to go unnoticed. After all, for many it is
easier to think about the soap opera theatrics of politicians than about science or the mysteries science has yet to explore. On the conspiracy end of
things, this makes things even worse as disinformation is put out by a public too busy arguing over which politician said the nicer speech. A bit of
rant, I know...like most of you, I'm hoping that after this election circus is through, we will see the ATS we all know and love.
PS: All that said, I do think current events has its place on ATS, especially with things the mainstream corporate media won't look at. But a lot of
the politics here has become the same mud slinging antics we would see on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, or any of the other cable garbage. I'm good with current
events, but I didn't come here to hear more about these presidential clowns...at the very least, it shouldn't eclipse the stuff that made me join this
Just my two cents
thanks for reading