Hello! I created this thread in reaction to the buffet table of conspiracy threads here on ATS.
Recently I noticed how many members share similar mindsets and/or language when discussing conspiracy threads. This language is primarily used by the
Original Poster. The way a person frames an idea or conspiracy is the first step to shepherd other members into a similar state of paranoia. However
certain applause is due to the population who does point out blatant crazy-talk and to the population that avoids these cliches when starting a
Now, originally I was going to provide links to specific threads but I don't want to point fingers so please click yourself over to the general
conspiracy forum and have at it
Violations of my personal intellectual gain.
1. Over-usage of unspecified villains.
Forums most affected: General Conspiracy, Peak Oil, New World Order
Example of Extreme Unspecified-ness:
do not want us to know that this is occurring"
Example of Moderate Unspecified-ness:
is behind it"
"The big coal company
is at fault"
Example of Unspecified-ness that ATS'ers Need to Avoid the Most Because Other Members Won't Make Fun of the OP for What Appears to Be a Petty
"Russia and Somalia
are in cahoots"
"The disaster is actually caused by Goldman Sachs
This last example is the most lethal. Why? Because ATS, you have pointed a small toothpick at a large hot-air balloon. This is my foremost concern. I
urge everyone to look at key persons instead of big corporations when deciding who is behind said conspiracy. Let us step back for one second and
resist shouting "BP is not doing anything!" Instead, focus on key persons
involved. This leads nicely into the next violation, which is
actually more so an annoyance issue.
2. Calling members to look at the big picture. Generally follows a series of statements or sourced facts, accompanied by an exclamation mark, or
two... or three!!!
Forums most affected: General Conspiracy, Aliens and UFO's
Example of Big Picture-ness:
"This is the big picture forming!"
"We need to start looking at the big picture!!!!"
Example of Big Picture-ness Questioning:
"Can't you see the big picture?"
"Now that you know these facts, how can one not comprehend the big picture?"
Example of Big Picture Synonyms:
"It is time to wake up folks"
Sorry for what seems to be a rant but I firmly believe that we do not need to see the big picture. Too many times I have read a good idea...too many
times that good idea is a mere string of facts and a whole page of conclusion. No, I do not want to complete the puzzle with only five pieces. Many
members have a habit of using the facts to connect outwardly instead of inwardly. Please, let us try to look at smaller pieces with more detail
before making grand leaps to the whole design.
3. Acting as though the leaders of our world/jobs/political systems are an uncaring and unintelligent mob.
Forums Most Affected: ALL
Example of Such Thought:
"The BP oil company has not done a thing, they are in it for the money"
"[Insert Political Group] doesn't care about your jobs!"
Consider this: Many Americans feel saddened or angry when another labels all Americans as greedy, obese or selfish. Do you feel it is fair to be
lumped in with those adjectives? Truly ask yourself this, it is not a hypothetical question that I framed to get you to understand my POV
But now you know.
Discrimination has moved beyond race and has evilly implanted itself into what a man does with his life. Some of us live in free countries because a
man or woman wanted to be a politician and went on to change the rules. Yet, every day one of us points a finger at all politicians. You are able to
drive a car because another human drilled for the oil. And every day, BP is stomped on.
This brings me to my last point and violation.
[edit on 10-6-2010 by fizliz]
[edit on 10-6-2010 by fizliz]