More people than you would think scanning this forum. There is a lot of fear in some members and it's being fed by the MSM. It's showing up on the
board. What is feared? Obama will destroy the economy. McCain will exacerbate the war on terror, etc.
This fear is driving people to grasp at anything that will show the candidate that they fear in a bad light. This happens on both sides. Here is an
example of what I'm talking about:
Turns out it was a hoax. Why does this stuff get posted? Because of desperation and fear. This is ATS though folks. We have always strove to be better
AND different from the MSM. What can we do as members to raise the bar?
Consider a source. Is it a site that uses sensational material to gain ratings? That should be a red light.
Check your sources. If you can't find a certain topic on another site, chances are that it isn't a kosher story. Different sources give validity to
Use international sources, those outside of the domestic venue. I use Reuters, BBC, CBC, Canadian print, etc.
Realize that neither ideology is right all of the time. Sometimes a conservative approach is appropriate, sometimes a liberal one. Absolutes NEVER
AND remember that everyone is in this together. Flaming an opposing point of view does not accomplish anything. It continues the cycle that the MSM is
promoting and you are living in FEAR.
Of course I'm not talking about everyone but it is WAY too prevalent for ATS. We are better than that.
Remember that there are participants on ATS AND readers that stop by. They are the silent ones. How will you be seen by them? Will your point get
across or will it be discounted by them because your posts are driven by fear? If so, your point is lost. A little time to verify something will go a
long way. What would the casual reader think about a poster that garners the "hoax" tag?
It's up to you as to how things progress. Think about this and make Decision 2008 BETTER on ATS than what happens in the MSM.
Edit to add: Nods to Megadeth.
[edit on 27-10-2008 by intrepid]