posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 11:50 AM
Very oftenI read threads on this site where a poster disagrees with the OP. Skepticism is good in that it helps those who may not be an expert in the
field of whatever the OP is discussing. Skeptics who can make an decent argument against the OP's position can cause readers to do their own
research. Often though, I see posts that offer nothing but a rant that the OP is fear mongering. So what is fear mongering?
Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object
or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously reinforce the intended
effects of this tactic, sometimes in the form of a vicious circle. Source
Fear mongering is most often used in politics, campaign advertisments, and product advertismsents. We can also argue that it is used in religion. In
other words, it is used by people or entities who have something to sell. Some say that Bush used it to get backing for the attack on Iraq. Many
campaign commercials are criticized for using this tactic to get people to vote for their candidate. Product advertisers use it in commercials to
sell their products. Religious leaders use it to increase their congregations. So ask yourself, “What is an ATS member trying to sell to the
reader?” Some may want to validate their position by having other agree with their views. Some may be campaigning for various political or
religious beliefs. But I honestly believe that what some are calling fear monger may just be an ATS member diseminating information. This is, after
all, a conspiracy site. If we could depend to the MSM to accurately report the truth, there would be no need for this site.
I haven’t worked in an office setting for years, but when I did we often used a technique called ‘brainstorming.’ The goal in brainstorming is
to generate as many ideas as possible no matter how outlanish they may originally sound. Then each idea is discussed to death to determine whether or
not it is a keeper. This is the approach I use when researching a topic.
The Deepwater Disaster is one of those topics that is receiving a lot of screaming that the posters are fear mongering. But in a situation where we
are getting little to no acurate information from BP or the MSM, I think we should scour every source we can find. Many if not most of the threads in
this forum are based on worst case scenarios. We’ve been warned by alternative news sources that all is not as rosy as we are being told.
Please don’t dismiss a thread because you don’t like the source. Do your own research into the claims made by the source. Don’t insult the OP
because you don’t like their source. Discredit the information and not the OP or the source with solid evidence and site your source. Most of us
are simply trying to get at the truth. We need your constructive input. We are all in this together. We can’t plan for the worst and hope for the
best unless we know the worst case scenario.