Late to the thread, but I'm going to post what I wrote for a thread of mine today, which more addresses a few of the consequences of these patterns
and habits we've fallen into, as you've described them, Proto. This relates to ATS directly, but is really universal, and, at this point, somewhat
of a skipping record to many of us who don't toe that line.
See, I think a huge part of the problem is that people who toe the line don't know what to do with those of use who don't. They try to throw labels
and names at us, but they don't stick. They honestly probably don't know where we're coming from. It frustrates them. And so they look for new
things to label us with, and conspiracy theorist happens to be one of them. One of the kinder ones, at that (liar, fake, disinfo agent also come to
Anyway, here are my thoughts on some of the effects and maybe the start of a solution. Ha.
Partisanship and the bickering it breeds is killing us. It makes us lose focus of the real priorities and issues as it derails countless discussions
and take our eyes off what the real problems and their root causes are. It prevents compromise and solutions. We're arguing with each other and
stalling progress as this country crumbles.
Not picking on anyone in particular, because this kind of thing is all over the board and all over the web and other media, and all over the world.
People are making big bucks making it their careers too.
But do you realize how much more powerful a message you can send just by couching things in a more generic way? How much more attention and focus you
could get? Words and tone matter. For example, think about thread titles.
Compare This: Barrack Obama Demands .."Believe What We Tell You"
To This: Our Conspiring Government Demands, "Believe What We Tell You"
Compare This: GOP cuts food stamp funding as unemployment soars
ToThis:Congress cuts food stamp funding as unemployment soars
How many more people would come to your thread if the title doesn't automatically turn at least half of them off?
Sure, one way gets you the attention of those who will come to fight with you on the same level, but is that what you really want? And it also
attracts those who already think the way you do. That's kind of boring, no?
How many more would sit up and take notice and make connections and retain continuity of the issues and see what's happening instead of being trapped
in this endless, spiraling vortex of partisan bickering and insults.
How many more people would contribute to the discussion of the issue?
Seriously, this kind of thing dilutes both the message and the seriousness of what is happening and is effectively paralyzing we the people—as
intended by nefarious forces. They love us divided and feuding among ourselves as they merrily do whatever the hell they please.
STOP helping them divide us!
I issued a challenge to ATS in my thread, but almost nobody came And I think I know why.