reply to post by ironorchid
There is no reason to feel let down. Members who see this as some kind of betrayal should take a closer and more realistic look at their own
relationships with media and the consumer society.
The widespread and growing interest in conspiracy theories is actually being propagated by the very media that conspiracy fans love to hate. The
distinction between the ‘mainstream’ and ‘alternative’ media is spurious; all these media are funded by advertising and are very much a part
of the commercial economy. They are in business for money. Do you really think they would do anything that might genuinely undermine society and
threaten their own sources of revenue?
One would have to be very naive to believe that any genuine revelation could ever come out of ATS or its competitors. Anyone who takes seriously the
conspiracies discussed on this site is badly out of touch, living in a fantasy world where aliens walk among us, men never landed on the moon, manmade
global warming is a lie and the world’s governments are spewing toxic chemicals into the sky to cull the population. Fantasies, originally dreamed
up by political propagandists, religious frauds or mentally ill people, that ATS and other media firms propagate and promote so they can get your
attention long enough to push ads at you and take the advertisers’ money.
ATS is a hobby site for conspiracy fans, nothing more. The people who come here are not so different from the ‘sheeple’ they love to put down;
they devour what their favourite media tell them just as eagerly and uncritically, they are just as dependent on the products and services and
conveniences provided them by governments and corporations, and they suck just as greedily on the teats of the consumer society. The only difference
between them and the sheeple is one of taste: the sheeple go for the common, general-issue lie, while the conspiracy fan prefers a slightly more
esoteric brand of poppycock.
At least the mainstream media create their own content, often at considerable expense. ATS and its kin, on the other hand, make money out of other
people’s creative work. User-generated content, eh? We create it, ATS sells it and gets to keep the money. All
the money. What a great
What fabulous irony! Hundreds of super-enlightened, super-aware (or so they would have us believe) conspiracy experts, people who have seen (or so
they would have themselves believe) all the way through all the lies told them by the ‘mainstream media’ and the ‘powers that be’, falling
over themselves in their eagerness to contribute their time and labour for the further enrichment of the shareholders of The Above Network.
Frankly, I’m bloody envious. Wish I’d thought of something like this myself. Again, kudos to the Overlord.
edit on 7/5/11 by Astyanax because: I left out religion.