Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
The various ages on ATS have been mentioned before, and I say the same thing - so what? Age and education level shouldn't make a difference. 18
year olds not yet in college can easily know more on many subjects than a quadragenarian with three kids of his or her own. All it does is promote
thoughts to bash members, saying "You're not old enough."
It's not about that. It's more like this, for example:
A member who's 41 years old but have a high school diploma only as opposed to a member who's 21 years old but is reaching a senior level in college.
How much the former may know something that the latter doesn't have as opposed to the latter is being more educated than the former.
A 17 years old member being a junior in high school but is not considered bright, though like to talk or rant about something here (remember the kid
who posted "There is NO NWO" thread a while back?) while a 31 years old member working in a full-time landscaping job and have a wife but is
considered bright and like to offer his opinions on the ATS forums on different subjects from time to time.
When you're posting a comment to invite discussion, you are asking for different sides of free speech.
We have all kinds of members here offering their viewpoints/opinions via free speech here, however privileged. Their ages, their education levels,
their life experiences defined their world-views here.
One member's definition of free speech is not
the same as the other's because each
member have a different idea of free speech (like what FlyersFan pointed out: the difference between what you CAN say and what you SHOULD say). Here,
our free speech have to be limited to polite, frank and rational discussions while under a near dictatorial reminder called the ATS's
Terms/Conditions, sufficient to say.
I have a problem with some members here (in certain controversial threads) resorting to slanted conjectures and biased comments on certain subjects
that have been discussed to the death before. I had to wonder what are their age and educational levels in order to understand their knowledge bases
(how much they've learned AND how much they've NOT learned anything). Am I discussing with an older member who may know something that I don't? Or
am I discussing with a younger member who may know something that I've already know and discussed before? I'm more interesting in how much the
members know, learned or understood something that I haven't touch on, perhaps having discussed before or endure the same old conjectural rants.
Frankly, your age/educational levels are relevant to me when it comes to discussing certain subjects.
Just to be fair to all here: I'm 35, have a BA degree in Fine Arts, have fairly extensive knowledge on government, politics, and world history. I'm
a news junkie and the ATSNN News is a nice additional fix for me.
[edit on 5/12/2005 by the_oleneo]