posted on Apr, 1 2012 @ 06:15 AM
S&F for the OP. The OP's message is important for ATS in particular.
Because in the public imagination (insofar as it can be said to apply, that is), places like ATS occupy an ambiguous place - for many, not too far
from supermarket-tabloid-level. This is changing, however, as people realize the MSM is no longer trustworthy and that we really do live in an era of
massaged and manipulated news. Given that, people are looking at ATS and other “conspiracy” sites in a new light. We have the potential to bring
back a little of the dignity that the MSM has tossed over its shoulder like a rusty tin can. But the fate of places like ATS hangs in the balance –
will it become a serious news source or will it remain the “lunatic fringe” ?
They used to say journalists had a responsibility to elevate the public discourse, or at least to keep it from sliding into the gutter. This was
connected with the idea that journalism is more than a job, it was a profession, if not an out-and-out calling. That is no longer the case, sadly -
journalists are now shills. But as "citizen journalists," we must pick up the mantle that the shills have dropped. Part of this means we, too, have
that same responsibility.
It's up to us.