posted on Apr, 16 2019 @ 04:15 PM
We often see the claim made on ATS that it is a right wing echo chamber (or some more childish ways of putting that), and this is a bad thing.
Events in the past several weeks have made me think about whether or not this is true, why it is the way it is, and what are the effects of this.
To start with, is it even true that ATS is a right wing echo chamber?
I don't think that is an adequate descriptor. To me, that would imply that no other ideas from the center ot left would be tolerated, or that at the
very least they just aren't around. That is clearly not the case, as some of my favorite posters are left or center leaning people.
In addition, there are many threads dissing Trump or other Republicans that can be seen quite often.
The real question then is are right wings views over represented even if they aren't an echo chamber?
To me we have to look at this in context of the greater media landscape. In a world where all of our cultural institutions of power are dominated by
establishment democrat sympathizers (silicon valley, the msm, the entertainment industry, academia) it seems by default that voices that don't fit in
with their will find communities in the only place they can; smaller online sites.
The idea of right wing people being on a conspiracy site, particularly one that has a lot of content around politics, seems almost natural in that
case. The very nature of a conspiratorial minded person would tend to lead them to question those with power, and seeing as how all of the cultural
institutions are dominated by left leaning ideas, its inevitable that conspiratorial minded right wing people would seek a place to come together and
However, this changes over time. I remember when Bush was in office, and most of the political stuff on ATS was why he and his intel community were
lying to go to war, and stripping us of our rights via surveillance. At that point, this could have been considered "left wing" positions merely
because Bush was right wing.
In other words, to me its less about ATS being dominated by Trump lovers, and more about a conspiracy forum that deals with politics naturally
attracting people who are against big government, secrecy, trampling of rights, and censorship. Those positions tend to be against the establishment
left or democratic party, and thus those the people having these positrions arev hear in greater numbers and labeled right wing, when I think many of
them would disagree with that label.
(more on next post)