We've been seeing somewhat of an increase of complaints and threads where many see what appears to be a rise in overall angst displayed in many
threads and posts. As we discussed this among staff, there's a general agreement that "something" is infecting the tonality on ATS, and our
aspirations for a high-level of decorum are being unfulfilled.
DISCLAIMER: Before you read further, make no mistake, this opening post does not suggest our members display less passion over
contemporary issues, or less outrage over the cause of the world's problems.
How Bad Is It?
It's not horrible, at least not when compared to most other online web sites that allow commentary, but it certainly seems to be heading in a
direction that is contrary to our stated goals of focusing on the topics and not each other.
Additionally, we tend to see an ebb-and-flow of tonality issues, and most-often it gets somewhat worse in the summer months and around major
What's causing it?
I'm absolutely convinced that the perfect-storm of stressful and anger-inciting issues effecting our daily lives are a major factor in the tonality
we bring to posting on ATS.
I also think the mainstream media is poisoning the well, sometimes to a critical level.
Every day, the information disguised as news that's put forth by media outlets will attempt to convince us to be angry. No matter the issue, there
will be exaggerated spin that ranges from irritation to spit-spewing fury targeted to one side or the other of the ideological spectrum(s). This only
serves to feed the targeted viewer/readership with artificial talking points for which we should feel anger, and pad the ratings as we continue to
return to see what else should stoke our fires.
Such a vicious cycle of fabricated news-as-entertainment has no place for people who are actually concerned about the reality of today's troubling
issues, and especially for those who want to discuss sensible solutions.
Don't Play Their Game
We all must realize that the motivations behind contemporary politics and the vast matrix of mainstream media is not to inform, but to inflame.
Rational analysis of difficult issues from a balanced point of view has no place in modern media... it causes no elevated ire and incites no venomous
Indignation and intense wrath certainly has a valuable place within the discussions on ATS. These are important issues we're facing. But the game
"they" would have you play is to take your eyes off the ball so as to blame anyone and everyone on the other "side" of any given issue. Which is
misplaced and unproductive outrage.
Focus. Focus. Focus.
Don't let "them" infect your sensibilities and allow their artificial anger to infect how you interact with other members here on ATS.
It's important to be passionate about what's happening in the world, but don't let that passion contaminate your words such that people react to
how you post, not what you post.
This is hard, really hard. But on the other hand, it's worth it. It's vitally important for society as a whole to learn to move beyond this culture
of bitterness perpetuated by mainstream media, and focus on the issues and not each other.
Here's a few reminders that this is a long-term struggling in which we constantly find ourselves, but are never surrendering.
Civility And Decorum Are Required on AboveTopSecret.com
Courtesy Is Mandatory
The times, they are a-changing -- The stressful days on ATS.
I'm pissed!! (political trolls and hacks)
Reaffirming Our Desire For Productive Political Debate (REVISED)
We must end the rising "culture of negativity"
Time to take a deep breath, and consider how we post...