posted on Jul, 24 2009 @ 07:31 PM
It's a fair point. What have I learnt from ATS?
Firstly, that the general standard of debate is actually pretty poor. This is, however, balanced by the smattering of wonderful people who do post
interesting and enlightening threads.
Secondly, I've learned that being online and particularly hooked up to ATS really does help you keep informed. I was out of the loop for a little
while last year, and although I watch very little mainstream news, my view of Obama was a) he wouldn't win because b) he'd be too radical even
though c) (and this from watching those few of his speeches that made it to TV in the UK) his speeches were scrupulously content-free.
I even discussed the possibility he'd be assassinated. It seems ludicrous now, because his connections to Chicago machine politics and to people
like Brzhezinski, but I really thought he might be a bit of fresh air and not More Of The Same Old Same Old.
I've learned how to do some pretty basic research.
I've learned to spot at least some disinfo. At least I flatter myself that's the case. I've learned to spot disinfo tactics, certainly.
I've learned that it's better to post a thread where you're trying to make a point rather than asking a question. Trying to attract the attention
of the few people who make this board worthwhile, and out of whom an even smaller handful would be able to answer your question, is a really uphill
I've learned that there are many truly strange people out there. I was going to say, "you know who you are", but actually, I don't think they
I've learned that there's an inexhaustible supply of dates for, and causes of, the End Of The World As We Know It.
There's also a seemingly infinite supply of Americans terrified they're going to be nuked by Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Osama, or Al Qaeda.
I've also learned that the Good People Who Run ATS don't have much of a sense of humour. Some of the most hilarious posts have been from people
who've been banned subsequently. I've had threads and posts removed for just having fun. Such a shame. Satire is NOT appreciated at ATS.
Other than that, it's just a good spot to come for news and opinions.