posted on Apr, 15 2013 @ 01:31 AM
Bumping the thread so that the 'OP's' clarification remains in the forum's consciousness.
ATS is indeed a very interesting site, quite comprehensive in its scope and range of subjects for discussion, but I think more importantly, it remains
an international fulcrum of inter-cultural discourse, where disparate cultures exchange dialogue in almost real time.
Not only cultures bump up against one another, but even moral and ethical differences, even societal ones, and I do not believe that no one member
does not participate out of some compelling agenda, whether it be benign or malignant of intent. With such a fractious membership, and it is
fractious, it is hardly surprising that 'civility and decorum' become victims of passionate correspondence when different cultures, belief systems,
ideas and concepts interface with one another.
Everytime I log on to the site, I find myself rolling my eyes in disbelief and strained by incredulity at some of the threads, and some of the
postings within threads, that I often ask myself why I continue to participate when I see such an abundance of preposterous subjects being debated
that lower the gravitas of the site in general, and contaminate real serious discussion. Gravitas is all, and without it, you cannot be taken
seriously. Its absence leads to the equal absence of credibility, and that is most damaging.
In relation to gravitas, civility and decorum aids in its growth. The last thing a website like ATS needs is to be perceived as though it is the
internet version of the Jerry Springer show.