posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 12:31 PM
Many years ago, when I first started lurking around on ATS, then finally made the jump to sign up to ATS, I had a clear cut goal in mind, as well as a
definitive reason for doing so.
The goal was to increase my level of cognizance with respect to other peoples experiences and to find a common bond with others who would put
extremism aside and focus on clarity.
The reason I finally made the jump on-board was because of what I had seen and watched in online posts. The largest factor being what I had considered
Elite Critical thinkers...those that explored EVERY possibility with complete disregard for their own leanings all in an effort to maximize the
Now, given the 2 above, it was an easy move for me, and one that I enjoyed for the most part, of course there will always be times when you disagree
with others, or throw your better judgment to the wind in an emotional outburst...we're human, it happens.
However, lately (and what I mean by lately isn't overnight, but seemingly a culmination of events over 5 years time) the posting topics and threads
started tend to be Flares.... like the viral public in general, as opposed to using that critical thinking to formulate well-thought-out topics. Even
before posting them.
As an example (and not to pick on any names, but it was the first I ran across today that led me to write this in the first place) today I read a
thread about Obama's birth certificate, and how there may have been some "latent" ink on it that indicated CIA-61, when instead it was simply
bleed-through that simply said OAHU.
The example, in and of itself, is not terribly important as, anyone can make a mistake. However, in my eyes the importance lies in this: that (as I'm
sure we have all well noticed) there are far too many gullible and frankly easily influenced people out here....more so than I think one would
imagine, and, as such many see things of this nature, take it as gospel, and proliferate it through the Web. Years ago this would not have happened as
(I feel) it would have been a non-issue; it would have been thoroughly researched and looked at before it ever became a thread with such
Why is this a Conspiracy?
Well, to be honest it may or may not be. It could be bands of people who decide that they need to accrue as many stars and flags for themselves to
inflate their sense of self-importance, or simply individuals who need/want that and attract others like them and perpetuate the cycle.
The Web is rife with people who, in retrospect, wish they had NOT started a ball rolling that they cannot stop. Facebook has scores. Myspace
had scores. Four Square has scores. All for instant gratification of a viral reaction which gave them their "fix", but ultimately, left them empty
and needing more.
I'm sure I'm not the first one ever bringing this up, nor will I be the last nor do I much care for any/zero attention garnered from this
posting. I simply felt it an outlet, at the moment, to voice what i see as a REAL issue, not some imagined issue, that we have control over. It seems
in everyone's haste to "get it out there", the better part of Critical Thinking skills simply falls to the wayside and instead, opt for that
imagined feeling of positive attention gained by it. So as far as conspiracies go, I think it could easily be one, even if unconsciously, to root out
serious thought and excellent critical thinking ability, to what end, who knows. Maybe everyone just wants to seem to be on a level playing
Maybe, in a way, I'm hoping some of the critical thinkers who reigned supreme and brought to ATS such a high level of new ideas and possibility
didn't get lost in the "viral video" age. I fear though, that they have.
For anyone who does read this, thank you for reading.