posted on Jul, 10 2016 @ 11:50 AM
a reply to: Thecakeisalie
I hope you don't mind that your rant spurred one of my own... Not so much about the duplicate stories, but about WHY ATS members (and probably a lot
of people online) feel the need to go a bit crazy as time goes on and we deteriorate as a nation.
I've been staying away from ATS for the most part lately, because of the strange obsession that people seem to have with EVERY single aspect of the
top 5-6 news stories in the media. There's the US presidential candidates, US racial tension/police relations, LGBT issues, gun ownership, war and
terrorism and maybe an abortion thread thrown in there... That's most of the threads, it seems. And that's EXACTLY what the cable media is focusing
on. EVERY aspect of the popular stories... This "addiction to media" is really kind of a cult behavior. It's like, as soon as someone reads a news
story, they have to hurry and post it on ATS (or Tweet it), to get the inevitable 'buzz' going between people on their team and people on the other
team. And sometimes, there isn't time to do a thorough search, because someone else might post the thread. It looks like an obsessive/compulsive
behavior. Or an addiction.
It's the same people, for the most part (and I fully admit to being one of those people in the past) who engage time and time again, on the same few
topics, with the same opinions, the same sources to prove one's 'side', the same emotions and inevitable 'fights', requiring mod intervention, etc...
What the hell are we doing? What is this game we're all playing? These are the questions I've been asking myself.
The more I stay away from the "news", on TV or the internet, the more clarity I have, and the less obsessed I feel about every detail of the story. I
still look at ATS, because of the rare interesting thread, but the old stand-bys still threaten to draw me in. I hope to keep that to a minimum.
a reply to: Darkblade71
I think you're absolutely right. Have you noticed it being this bad every election? Or is it getting worse with each one? From my position, this year
takes the prize.