posted on Sep, 28 2009 @ 03:26 AM
What’s your agenda?
Just lately I’ve been noticing that more and more people have an agenda. Well I guess that’s I kind of obvious statement, but let me be clearer...
When I first started reading ATS people seemed to be much more open minded about things... not entrenched in a particular ideology or view point.
People would start a thread and people would reply with their views but also remain somewhat open minded and respectful when debating an issue.
It now seems that people are far more closed minded (ALL PEOPLE) left/right, Republican/Democrat, Christian/Atheist etc...
I will use Hypothetical example’s to explain further because I do not want to offend anyone who has made recent posts, nor do I want to awaken old
arguments/threads that have been put to rest...
N.B. Please note that I am using a Muslim group in this example but you can replace the word “Muslim” with Christian, Democrats, Black people,
White People, Dogs or cats.... whatever!
If somebody starts a thread regarding a small Muslim group who have complained about not having something in society which they see as their right,
but others do not; instead of just stating the facts in the thread title they will title it as something like...
“Now Muslim think XXXXX is their right”
“Muslims now want XXXXXX”
This type of title is already brushing all Muslims with the same brush... implying that all 1.2 Billion Muslims on the planet want this claimed right.
The fact that the word “now” has been used also implies that this is just one of many unjustified requests made by 1.2 Billion of the words
population. I feel that this type of title is designed as a kind of rallying call, by the poster, for likeminded people to jump on and give stars,
flags and general pats on the back.
Then come the reply’s... often laced with anti Muslim (or whatever the OP was against) rhetoric. Often adding jokes about what Muslims will want
“I bet next there gonna make us all eat Halal food and pray to Allah LOL”
Then there’s the angry posts
“Who do these Muslims think they are, they can’t do that in this country”
And not forgetting the outright insane posts
“WE SHOULD NUKE EM NOW, I AINT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT”
All of these posts will keep on coming without anyone questioning the validity of the claim, the context in which it was written or the source it was
And when someone finally does have the brains to say...
“Hold on people, I’ve actually looked into this and it was just one Muslim guy who has a reputation for being an idiot... most Muslims don’t
agree with this so let’s just move on”
People just ignore it and continue down their path of hate and scare mongering.
“Next their gonna take over the world”
“Right on brother, it will be a cold day in hell before I surrender”
“Blah Blah Blah”
This type of “agenda first” debating seems to be more prevalent in some topics than others... Politics, Religion, Racism etc... Pretty much
wherever you get highly emotion topics, which you would expect to a degree, but the levels seem to be rising and also spreading to other topics.
There seems to be much more black and white these days with far less people in the grey area... people seem to swing from one extreme to the other
with little respect for opposing views and often picking on opposing views for reasons such as grammar or other such none topic related