reply to post by seagull
I too have noticed this ad infinitum. It was so bad during the election that I took a seven month hiatus from ATS to 'get my head straight'! And
it hasn't changed since... While there are a number of members here who can intelligently discuss and debate an issue with an open mind and ponder
the position of the 'other side', there are also a great number of members who ram their fingers in their ears and shout 'LALALALALA' at the top
of their lungs! If you were to check out my 'friends' list, you would find several members whom don't see things the way I do, and we often
disagree, we at least show each other respect and debate the issues in a civil manner. Sometimes they make me look at something differently, and
sometimes I make them look at something differently.
There are also those who throw out 'bogus' data, or twist data to fit their needs, and calling them out on it is just useless. Instead of an
exchange of ideas in a civil manner, they prefer to initiate flame wars, which kills the thread. It's a shame, really.
Another member explained this well on another thread of mine... I can't remember which thread, so I'll have to paraphrase:
Some hold ideas, and ideas can change with the available data. But others cling to beliefs, and beliefs are deep held and cannot be changed no matter
what data is provided.
Those who hold onto beliefs use obvious bogus 'sources' to verify their position, which one can find such sources on any subject on the internet.
The internet is NOT the bastion of truth, by any stretch of the imagination! I would be willing to bet that most of the 'factual'
information on the web is in fact false. One must look at any 'source' with a critical eye and challenge the logic of such 'sources' before
Us v. Them is as old as mankind. The real shame is that in one way or another, we all get sucked into it!