I just witnessed a prime example of a glorious missed opportunity for ATS to shine.
There's a dude who has set up some kind of campaign against Goldman Sachs and other banks of their type, and ATS member BurnTheShips composed a thread
on the story a long time ago.
As a result of his efforts, he was poised to be a significant threat to the Financial Sector fatcats, and had set up a step-by-step mode of
campaigning in an effective way against offending banks.
ATS could have lent him some excellent support and the movement for coordinated change in banking industry could have gained some power and
Simply because the man behind the blog was a practising Christian, who drew inspiration from the story of David and Goliath, a couple of users waltzed
into the thread and started trashing it without seemingly even having the time to read past the first statement in the guy's interview
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This action on the part of those ATSers had the effect of knocking collective interest away from the story, presumably because people thought the guy
was a right-wing fundie trying to save people for Jesus (as opposed to what he was actually doing - he was trying to regain and secure the Financial
Rights of the People)
My post in the other thread:
People have lost the ability to discern between general relevance of some fact about a man's conclusions, and the usually irrelevant philosophies that
he adheres to, in terms of them being somehow indicative of the credibility of this and all conclusions that he will ever reach..
How did we get to this stage, even on ATS..? We as a rational and sentient species are seriously compromised in terms of overall credibility.
Are there any advanced races out there, looking down on us? From a far-off galaxy, a trillion light years away through deep space? From some other
dimension, or maybe from the future ('virtual-reality' history lessons)..?
If so, they must think we're primitive, gullible, collectively/ individually prone to emotional instability, herd-mentality oriented, and just
They may feel sorry for us, that we're controlled by a handful of sadistic and powerful overlords - or they may mock our 'lemming-like' societal
instinct, to kill and be killed... They would point out that their conclusions are evidenced by the frequency of massive, coordinated and loosely
moderated attempts to kill each other off.
I suppose it's the voyeuristic equivalent of us humans spending time observing a group of chimpanzees, flinging crap around, blissfully unaware that a
colony of strange crocodiles sneaks around their group, attacking them at random, psychologically abusing certain among the group for research/ fun
and sowing the seeds of division (keeping the numbers of primates manageable, and making sure they never spend enough time working together to figure
out that there's some nasty reptilians in the shadows).
edit on 25-5-2011 by FlyInTheOintment because: spelling