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ATS is lacking political balance

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posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:29 PM
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I miss the days when everyone thought ATS was a CIA front and the world was going to be destroyed by one Planet X

Anyone else remember the galactic federation of light??




posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:32 PM
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a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin

Blossom Goodchild is responsible for making me a conspiracy theory skeptic.

You can only be lied to so much.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:46 PM
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I'll weigh in here, as an ex-staffer and as someone who left the site for a year.

The problem isn't ATS per se. The site is a container, and user generated content is always going to be reflective of the trends of the time.

The problem is hate politics, from both sides.

Both sides appear to be incapable of rationale discussion, and instead simply want to sling as much crap at each other as possible, and neither side want to do anything about it, because they are comfortable in their bubble.

Why did I go off ATS? Because I felt like a stranger in a strange land. The intelligent conversation stopped mostly and I got bored of reading the same old juvenile rubbish from both sides.

I have huge respect for the owners and staff here - the issue isn't them, or the way the site is run.

User generated content

Says it all.

Still am bored of reading it (the political content) - the difference now is that - after taking myself away for a while - I'm more objective.


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edit on 26/2/19 by neformore because: clarity.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:46 PM
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originally posted by: Quantumgamer1776
ATS didn’t move right, the left just went so far left that everything looks right to them.

If leftist members are leaving it’s because there ideas are hard to defend with a intelligent member base openly discussing them.


This

Also despite what the media would have us think I doubt there are anywhere near as many far lefties and anti Trumpers than is claimed.
It’s 90% of the media so we’re bombarbed with it constantly but I think it’s just hot air, Democrats and leftists seem to be driven by either self interest or hate and those things are going to be different for different people



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:49 PM
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originally posted by: CriticalStinker
Damnit, I'm a B rate friend.

I know all the good ones get bourbon and non chopped up


Fine, I wont mutilate them.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:51 PM
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a reply to: neformore

Thanks for that angle.

I suppose every facet of society is a microcosm of sorts.

Strange how the internet has helped humanity drift apart more than come together by offering up places for like minded induviduals a platform for like minded discussion.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:53 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus

originally posted by: CriticalStinker
Damnit, I'm a B rate friend.

I know all the good ones get bourbon and non chopped up


Fine, I wont mutilate them.


It's not that....



It's just my dad never played catch with me.



I wanted us to do it together
.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:54 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

Just one thing: RationalWiki is not Wikipedia.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:58 PM
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originally posted by: ArMaP
a reply to: Assassin82

Just one thing: RationalWiki is not Wikipedia.


Well it was a heck of a lot better than this option: Uncycleopedia?




On one hand, Above Top Secret (pronounced ATS) is a conspiracy, science, and breaking news website manned by some of the brightest unemployed people on the planet. On the another hand, it's a place where distracting ads try to grab your attention and further cripple your sense of keeping your wallet closed (some ads actually float up out of nowhere and defy all attempts to capture or kill them). And on the last hand, sticky with bodily fluids but the one that holds all the cards, ATS is a site occupied by inmates of mental hospitals and/or security agencies monitoring the populace to see where the crazy will go next.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:58 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

This a great post, and I appreciate the time and thought you put into it


I'm going to deviate from the script though and go conspiracy theorist...

I have noticed a significant drop off of left leaning posts recently. To be specific, the drop off coincided with the media purge -- ooops! I mean layoffs -- a few weeks ago.

Maybe -- just maybe! -- for these purposes, we can divide ATSers into three categories: Leaders, Followers and Independent Thinkers. To be more specific, the "Leaders" would be political operatives posting here to create/lead the narrative... the "Followers" would be those who repeat and even elaborate and exaggerate the narrative provided by the "Leader"... and the "Indies" are those who don't follow either party's narrative.

If the "Leaders" on the left were purged along with their comrades in the media, and they no longer have a job to do here, and they stop providing the narrative, then the "Followers" have no one to follow... no one to parrot... no one to give them their talking points. Hence, much less posting in the left's echo chamber.

On the other hand, we have to take into account the impact of the Q thread, and how many Qsters come initially for the Q thread and then wander into the other threads and forums, thus increasing the echo chamber of the right... or at least the Trumpsters.

If there is any truth to the above, then I expect that folks on the left are simply regrouping and preparing for their next propaganda blitz.

If none of the above is true, then I will simply say that ATS is like a pendulum that swings from one side to the other, and this is a temporary state of being!



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 02:59 PM
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I am glad this site is "right leaning" right now. I couldn't stand all the negativity and divisiveness that leftist members brought to ATS. And now that the left really went extreme left, the majority have imploded on themselves to the point that no one cares about Democrats anymore.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:00 PM
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originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
I miss the days when everyone thought ATS was a CIA front


It's not?



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:00 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82Sooo you want ATS to police the forum so that progressives get equal posting time? Sounds a bit like when Progressives wanted equal time on talk radio programs that feature a lot of private conservative talk show hosts because npr wasnt getting enough public support. Sounds like a great project for the Thought Police.
Oh and right leaning posters are “driving off”Left learners ? Sounds like a fair game to me. I’m not stopping anyone from posting here. But I won’t let them beat me up either.
Maybe the truth is right leaners are just getting more verbal.
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posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:00 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

A better option would be not to use someone's biased opinion about ATS.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:01 PM
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my post did not contribute to the thread therefore I am moderating myself and removing it.
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posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:02 PM
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originally posted by: neformore
I'll weigh in here, as an ex-staffer and as someone who left the site for a year.

The problem isn't ATS per se. The site is a container, and user generated content is always going to be reflective of the trends of the time.

The problem is hate politics, from both sides.

Both sides appear to be incapable of rationale discussion, and instead simply want to sling as much crap at each other as possible, and neither side want to do anything about it, because they are comfortable in their bubble.

Why did I go off ATS? Because I felt like a stranger in a strange land. The intelligent conversation stopped mostly and I got bored of reading the same old juvenile rubbish from both sides.

I have huge respect for the owners and staff here - the issue isn't them, or the way the site is run.

User generated content

Says it all.

Still am bored of reading it (the political content) - the difference now is that - after taking myself away for a while - I'm more objective.




What they said.

I was going to post: ATS is not unbalanced, people are unbalanced.
It's a reflection of society at large. Or I should edit to say, it is a reflection of the More Vocal Minority. who tend to be more passionate or unhinged. Most of us near the middle are just kind of watching and posting here and there, not obsessing, whether we currently have a 'side' or not.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:02 PM
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I think that one thing that would help is for individuals to move the hell away from identity politics and stop taking general statements so personally.

From my perspective, when someone says something like "lefties aren't rational," it isn't taken as a personal insult. I'm probably further left than the vast majority, but I know exactly the type of group that is being talked about. And, put simply, it doesn't include me.

The same could probably be said for those that lean right, but that's not in my wheelhouse, so I can't speak on it with any sort of authority.

Either way, if something is said generally that is taken personally, it usually indicates that some introspection is in order for the reader. A victim mentality, of any political bent, is in direct opposition to introspection.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:03 PM
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a reply to: Quantumgamer1776

Or I don't feel like wasting my time.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:03 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! That information in the Wiki source, HAHAHAHAHHAHAH!!!! Oh wow!

Never mind that the media hate towards Trump was so high that it actually pushed moderates and democrats into Trump's corner. Never mind that all the crying and headbanging and hatred out of Hollywood and the music industry pushed moderates and democrats towards Trump. Never mind that the left moved so far to the left that anyone slightly left or in the middle (who held the same beliefs they held prior to 2016) were now considered right.

Whoever took the time to edit the information on Wikipedia really needs to move on with their life. What a whiny turd burglar. Unreal/hilarious.



posted on Feb, 26 2019 @ 03:05 PM
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a reply to: Djarums

Its just a reflex action..I see a post I like I want to give it a star. and I keep forgetting until I go to try....







 
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