posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 02:38 PM
Thanks to everyone contributing their thoughts and to those who replied directly.
I am fairly new to ATS and overall have a positive view and am fully in support I think I represent a lot of people in that though they are
interested, the realities of their available time pervades.
There are threads on subjects that interest me, but it can take like half an hour to wade through them. Particularly off-putting when there's too
much sidetracking and some backbiting going on.
I just spoke to my friend who pointed me to here and will summarize his observations.
Some really cool stuff and so much you never knew about it. But unless you know how to read the signs for what is going to be thoughtful and what
isn't, a lot of time can be wasted on a discussion that degresses to nattering over trivial aspects or egos.
His evaluation is that ATS, despite some exceptional and knowlegeable people onboard, is geared more a first year college student world purview.
The less experienced but well read who with a little knowledge in some area think they know everything. The demographic is the somewhat angry,
reflexively rebellious, seeking simple explanations. That the big corporate world, the evil empire governments, the secret society, is behind
anything and everything.
I see his point. When I try to fathom the financial meltdown, I expect something more sophisticated than that it's all part of the master plan of
the New World Order.
Someone posting probably has a more fully thought out explanation and evidence, - but I can't spare the time it will take to find the thread and that
Jumping into a daily new pile of ATS threads reminds me why I used to buy and read more newspapers and magazines.
Factoring in their biases and spin, at least the news was preselected and concise enough to give you the impression you were being made aware of the
more significant highlights of what was going on around the world.
ATS in not a newspaper. More like an anti-newspaper. What they leave out and don't want you to know.
Still, I wish there was some kind of daily digest so I'd know where to start or pointers to things of exceptional interest. The front page tries to
do that, but then I often find myself falling down a rabbit hole of 15 page threads looking for that elusive kernel of new information.