...an inside scoop on the way things used to be.
Now-a-days you come onto ATS, and find a lot of duplicate threads, you find people making threads which could potentially be good in makeup, and find
that they've been made by children, posting only one line comments, not going into any detail as to what they're talking about or elaborating on the
topic they're discussing. How the days have changed. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how things used to be, I thought I'd give you a little
inside look with an instructional thread, but I figured also that I'd take time to pitch my own venting on the status of various assortments of
things in the process.
The following contents is that of a day in the life of the typical ATS member, on a typical day, browsing the AboveTopSecret website in 2004, to
2006...as per my own experience. I should note, I am aware I may be one dimensional on some things, and it's everyone's right to respect that, just
as I respect everyone's right that they may believe something completely different:
It all begins at 0000 hours, midnight. You are still in ATS Chatroom, after dealing with a long stressful day of members defying your every word, but
at the same time, you have some members who genuinely back you up. Together, you and your friends have overcome Ignorance, and denied it for another
day, using extensive research, and resources. You are now relaxing, sharing jokes, having some drinks, and kicking the can so to speak, and a mod
shows up, and says carry on.
You proceed to engage in some off topic discussion, as your face of seriousness has gone away for the day, and fatigue is beginning to kick in. You
post a few bits in the Three Word Story thread, and maybe mutually banter with some people in friendly form on the General Chit Chat Forum. You carry
on with this, and back and forth with ATS Chat until about 3 AM, when you finally go to sleep.
You wake up between 1200 and 1300, and shuffle about your room, and slowly make your way into the kitchen to wake yourself up. You move back to your
computer, and start the process all over again.
You begin by checking in on the recent posts list. You find Nerdling has made another startling find on the ATS News Network. Some crazy guy is also
claiming he's been sent from the future to warn of an alien invasion, and SETI has just potentially found a reply to it's extensive communications
attempts. There is a poster who believes they've seen a UFO in the night sky, and has posted a grainy blank picture to support his claims, a post
about George Bush being involved with the NWO, the US being in posession of a supermassive super plane that would be considered a "god mod" to the
kids of today. Another poster is proclaiming that Obama is the anti-christ, and another poster is saying that the world is going to end tomorrow.
Your day has begun.
(As much as I may disagree with some of the content in these threads, what is different between then and now? They all were elaborate, they all
processed thought, and to the person who was typing them up, they were denying ignorance.)
You begin the day ensuring that your own threads are safe and clear of unwanted trolls and flamers. You address these concerns by cold hard facts, and
evidence. Either in the form of a source you trust, or in the form of a source EVERYONE trusts. You point out key differences between what your
offender has said, and what your source has said, and the debate has begun. Your offender then proceeds to state his case, and a topic then ensues
that there are now at least two sides of the story. You can now effectively deny ignorance.
You move on to the other threads. You state your opinion in therough detail. Why you believe what you believe, you make out points and reasons using
information you have at your hand, and you think before you hit the post button. You don't cry because you're younger or your personal problems, you
don't share your personal ideaology with anyone else, but you are quick to make your actual ideas known, and you explain, and allow others to explore
what your thinking actually is.
You carry on with this until about 1900 when you break for dinner.
You return at 2100. All hell is breaking loose in your threads now. Your once civilized conversation has turned into a trollfest amongst three other
members, two of which are flaming you. You proceed to ignore one, take in what the other said, address the third, and follow up with commenting on
what a fourth member has chimed in on, all while continuing your research and presenting new information. Your post is swift, and spot on, never
stepping over the boundaries of what could be seen as childish, you think in your mind "Shut up! You're so tough, get over it! You're just a stupid
newbie anyway!", but you type "I don't think you're really paying attention to the topic, the obvious reasons that I this is how things are
is..." a quality discussion, and response ensues.
2330 is among us, and it's time to stop all the persistence. You take a break once again from the daily tasks and return once again to ATS Chat to
relax, a troll is present in the chat, talking about their woes, and baiting others to feel bad for them, or to enrage them. A mod makes quick work of
the troll, and chat is restored to it's normal easy going status by 2345, and thus you begin your day once more at midnight.
As you can see, a lot of things have occured in this day, it's busy, it's stressful, but it's topical...hard hitting, and compelling. It doesn't
necessarily mean you have no life either. It means you did just as you were told, you Denied Ignorance, the site as a whole did. People worked hard at
it too. But alas, I must quote something that I was taught by a very famous ATSer so long ago:
That's the problem with the internet, too many people think they're god damned experts...
...children will get in wherever the internet is, as long as they can, and decide not to think before speaking, there will always be
I thank you for your time in reading this.
"Deny the I."