posted on Jul, 3 2010 @ 09:34 AM
I think more importantly that what ATS displays often is that most fears are based on a lack of information.
Now, while the site exists as a venue not just for conspiracies but alternative news and views, one thing that does happen when people ‘wake’ up
to the fact that the mainstream news media does not always report the whole truth, and complete truth, is people realize then that they don’t know
the real truth.
This then leads to speculation and fear as most people are inclined to believe that the reason they aren’t being told the truth or the whole truth
by the media, is because the media is hiding something that could potentially have a negative impact one way or another.
Now people who believe the mainstream media don’t suffer this, because they believe they are well informed, and that the analysis and editorial
provided on the 24/7 media stations provides them with a level of certain knowledge that gives them comfort and peace of mind. Such people are often
referred to as ‘sheeple’ or ‘asleep’ by many members of ATS.
Now while many members of ATS reject the mainstream media and official version of events and imagine this makes them ‘awake’ and ‘people’
instead of sheeple, the truth is because they lack the tools and skills to seek out the real truth, in far away places, and rarified atmospheres it
instead turns many of them into ‘panicking sheeple’ having ‘nightmares’ out loud.
Conversely some skeptics take this to the opposite extreme where they will attempt to defend official stories even when they make no sense at all in
part to cling to a belief that they ‘do know’ and ‘knowing’ provides them the psychological comfort, that people who have rejected the
official stories no longer have.
Having said that, because many members lack the tools and skill to then really investigate the alternatives in a logical, reasonable, and productive
manner, they are willing often to accept ‘any’ alternative version of the ‘official’ story, no matter how far fetched as likely being the
truth or more truthful than the official story and the mainstream media.
This leads to buying into many fantastical and frightening scenarios that don’t pan out as people who lack the tools and skills to investigate what
is really going on let imagination in most cases be the substitute for diligent research and investigation into the matter, or consider diligent
research and investigation plying the internet to find a ‘source’ that is pushing such a fantastical and frightening scenario as the
‘alternative’ truth in regards to situations and circumstances.
This leads to the roller coaster of fear that the Original Poster describes, however this is for the most part cyclical, as after most members ride
the roller coaster of fear long enough, one of two things are likely to happen. When the vast majority of the alternative version and perspectives
don’t pan out they begin to become more skeptical too, and develop better tools and skill for investigating the alternatives to the official stories
and mainstream media, and start focusing on reserving judgment on things until they can find the kind of solid evidence that would make a police
detective satisfied, or they just end up abandoning ATS or the pursuit of conspiracies to get off the roller coaster of fear.
Certain events, when they happen, and people in general are reluctant to believe the media or official story, lead to spikes of new members. Those new
members come looking for answers to give them peace of mind, but instead find an environment full of often very speculative theories and conjectures
and often take them at face value because it isn’t the mainstream news media stating them.
They often become immersed in that odyssey of journeying down the bunny hole, exposing themselves to many more theories on many more events than just
the event(s) that caused them to join looking for answers.
It does make many of them fearful and paranoid and then prompts their own imaginations to run wild.
That’s how the learning curve works.
Some of them will blossom and develop into excellent researchers and investigators and find the tools and develop the skills to be just that.
Many of them will end up just being fear mongering posters, while some once they see little to nothing ever pan out will become die hard skeptics of
everything, requiring absolute proof that can’t be provided on the internet to abandon the official story and versions and the mainstream news
media, and some will just abandon the site entirely.
Yet just like main stream culture, the divisions are numerous enough between the various approaches and styles and personalities that the normal
divide and conquer tactics are employed and getting to the truth and putting it out there even for the members who have the skills and tools, then
becomes very problematic in such a tense and often confrontational environment.
In the end the whole process is largely held hostage by people who typically always just want to be ‘right’ and will go to almost any length
within the terms of service to ‘appear’ right.
So it is what it is, let the buyer beware, enter at your own risk.
[edit on 3/7/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]