Originally posted by captiva
Good morning from Scotland. Having scanned the posts to the thread there are some things that I should say.
In no particular order........
The OP was not a rant, the OP was asking for opinions and an attempt to have posters look at their own method of dealing with ideas and views that are
opposed to their own.
The OP also asked the question..." does anyone else agree that the boards have recently shown more abusive behavious, rudeness and lack of
civility....... and do you think that this is in correlation with threads such as the spiral, could the bahaviours be viewed as deliberate derailment
in such threads and is this a pointer to how close to the truth the threads are.
If I may add, some of the posts to this thread could have been scripted as they indicated exactly the bahaviours I was indicating in the OP.
For those that griped about " Just another thread"...with respects, why dont you just ignore the thread and go spend your time in your chosen
For those that posted their opinionsa, feelings and honest views. Thank you.
I agree with you completely captiva... Star + Flag
Although there has ALWAYS been rude people, we have seen an upsurge in rudeness, intolerance and sarcasm.
Some people seem to be pushing it as close to the boundaries as they can.
In fact whole threads have been started that are based totally on Satire... it may seem funny to some, but to those, whose view points are being
mocked, it is offensive and diverts sensible conversation away from what should be a serious issue.
I believe that there are many reasons for this... but here are four of them...
1) I believe that ATS has been infiltrated by certain groups who have an agenda. Normally that agenda is to stifle any opposition to their particular
beliefs/ideology by any means necessary!
2) The increased popularity of ATS has encouraged more of the general population (and by this I mean people who wouldn’t normally be interested in
conspiracies) onto the site. This is good and bad... Good because it means we have a wider range of opinions... Bad because some of those people do
not understand how to conduct themselves when dealing with someone of an opposing viewpoint.
3) Society as a whole is becoming more and more selfish. People seem to have more attitude when it comes to their self belief and are happy to stick
their fingers in their ears and sing while someone else is trying to express an opinion. Arrogance, Selfishness, Anger and blame are all negative
emotions/viewpoints which are on the increase in society!
Normally, if I see a thread that is completely off the wall, I will just continue on past it until I find something of interest. Sometimes I will stop
and express my opinion and raise some questions regarding the validity of the post. However, some people feel it is their duty to ridicule and mock
the author of such posts... it’s akin to bullying in my opinion!
There are multiple reasons for this (Media influence, Materialism, Politics, internet etc...) which could be a whole thread by itself!!
4) Modern people seem to have an abundant supply of knowledge, thanks to the internet, but lack the wisdom to interpret that knowledge or the moral
background to know how to use the knowledge.
People no longer have to earn their knowledge... they no longer have to work hard for years and years collecting data, forming hypothesis, testing
ideas, they simply download it and spout it as if it’s their own. In essence, they are running before they can walk!
I actually feel sympathy towards the ATS moderators... it is a very hard job when you think about it... When people are being disruptive, belligerent,
and rude, how do you stop them without yourself becoming accused of being part of a conspiracy to silence an opposing opinion that is, in the opinion
of the belligerent author, merely passionate???