Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
There sure are a lot of threads lately started about Shills, Disinfo agents and Infiltrators? Something happen that I entirely missed for why this
topc is the hot one this week and not last week or the week before? I'm just wondering what started the recent fad here?
It's because they are kicking said behaviour into high gear, Rabbit.
A favourite tactic, I'm noticing, is actually suggesting that any thread they don't like be moved to the Rant forum; which is a marginally dishonest
means of essentially deleting it. If you go and check the viewing statistics for different subforums, Rant is essentially a black hole. It's more
or less a means of censorship without actually going 100% of the entire way, but the end result is still achieved, in that hardly anybody will end up
seeing a thread which gets moved here.
ATS won't be shut down overtly. The government doesn't need to do that, and it would likely create too much outcry. All they really need to do is
flood the site with the brotherhood of Richard Dawkins. That will produce the same result in practical terms, because if you try and make any
statement that is outside of the accepted range of opinions, the pseudo-rationalist attack dogs will immediately descend on you in swarms.
As for the very real problem of the apparent use of forums to influence opinion and general perceptions of issues? Well.. I hate it too and I
see it far more blatantly at other sites than ATS. Although it sure happens here...is my guess. Oh well... I'd love to think up grand ideas and
groundbreaking new solutions that will tie the whole problem up in a bag for a trip to the landfill but....I think we have to accept something here.
We have to simply get used to it.
That was why Usenet had to be killed. It had no centralised administration, which as a result, also meant that it had no means of censorship.
The net is maturing....evolving..and being used in ways it wasn't even a few months let a long a few years ago. Now, it would seem there are
as many out there looking at Forums EVERYWHERE as a tool to achieve an end result as any stage for the free flow of ideas.
It isn't maturing or evolving at all. Those two words would imply that the change is positive. Iit's anything but. The Internet is being bound
up, repressed, and gradually destroyed. The net has not gone forward developmentally since 2000, at all; it has gone backwards. Sure, to a certain
extent there's more "stuff," but that just amounts to corporate material and rubbish, for the most part. There isn't real dialogue or
communication going on, because everywhere is a gated community.