reply to post by XmikaX
When popularity is the driver, expect quality to go down. The masses are idiots, and always have been, and unless quality is preserved and protected
deliberately, it will always deteriorate in contact with popular opinion.
Sorry for those whose feelings get hurt by the "masses are idiots and always have been" comment, but, its just the truth.
Plato commented on it, thousands of years ago.
The ancient and common custom of Hellas, which still prevails in Italy and Sicily, did certainly leave the judgment to the body of spectators, who
determined the victor by show of hands. But this custom has been the destruction of the poets; for they are now in the habit of composing with a view
to please the bad taste of their judges, and the result is that the spectators instruct themselves;-and also it has been the ruin of the theatre; they
ought to be having characters put before them better than their own, and so receiving a higher pleasure, but now by their own act the opposite result
Its not just ATS in which popularity drives quality down, but any media source in which popularity determines profitability. From general network
programming to the news outlets. When "the people" are the determiners of content, the content will sink to the level of intelligence of the mass
of people. Plato's argument was that this should not be allowed to happen. That forcing quality on the masses would educate them, their
sensibilities, and improve their minds and their characters, and their taste as well. And he is right, in universities where people are forced to
deal with material they would not choose, they are improved, if only marginally in some cases, by that exposure.
However, ATS is not school. It is a website that is funded by ads, and the more traffic it has, the more money it makes. You cannot force quality on
people here without risking losing traffic, and profit, which could in theory cause the demise of ATS itself if the owners felt that it was no longer
worth working for.
The popular but moronic content then is an economic necessity, and the lowered quality of threads and posts is an unfortunate but predictable
consequence of ATS' growing popularity. However, ATS does not limit content to idiocy in any way. You and I, and anyone else, is free to create
threads of the quality WE wish to see, on topics WE deem important and worthy, and those of like mind are able and welcome to see it and participate
in it because, in part, of the low brow masses.
Use ATS as the excellent platform it is, and use your own judgment about which threads you spend time in. Rather than complain about the low quality
of some threads, contribute quality to the good ones, or create excellent threads yourself.
Just dont expect them to be popular, for the reasons elaborated above.