posted on Feb, 9 2009 @ 04:07 AM
The Biographer's New Clothes
From the source article:
One such underground website that Robbie has become a member of is the little-known AboveTopSecret.com, which dresses up gossip and anti-state
paranoia as fact for its gullible subscribers.
Coming from a gossip columnist, this sentence is positively pregnant with irony.
Of particular poignance is the fact that in virtually every way possible, Mr. Scott has misrepresented ATS to a degree that mere ignorance or chance
cannot reasonably explain. He writes as if he has never actually explored the site, and doesn't even obliquely purport to understand what ATS is
In the age of the Internet, how terribly difficult can it be for Mr. Scott to simply log in, look around and do a little first-hand research? Is he
truly incapable of understanding what different points of view are, and how an Internet discussion forum works? Does he really think ATS members
believe everything they read?
Is the idea of civil, candid discussion of unorthodox subjects really so threatening to him that he can't be bothered to experience it for
I think it would be wonderful if Mr. Scott would take time out from his busy schedule to visit ATS and witness first-hand how wrong he is.
Granted, it may not be as glamorous as sorting through trash bins or interviewing prostitutes, and he may find our community's standards for evidence
more demanding than those he's accustomed to at The Daily Mail,
but ultimately, should he choose to educate himself about the ATS community
instead of benightedly deriding us, he might well Deny Ignorance, even if just a little.