Your Attention, Please
It is nothing new to tell any of you that distractions are a severe problem that interfere with anyone's ability to focus on things that are more
important, or simply anything that you yourself
choose. Business interests are the primary ones that distract the most in order to keep their
profits streaming in. They spend billions
to control what
you see, get in your head, stay there, and thus direct your attention, behavior, and spending habits. It boils down to getting and keeping your
attention and money. There's even an acronym for it, A.I.D.S or Attention, Interest, Desire, Sell, or the newer variation A.I.D.A(ction)
I can't remember at what point I "switched" and began to see that those flashy ads with beautiful people were directing my behavior, specifically my
decision to shop for those items and be like the people in the ads, but it was a revelation that came late and resulted in many very poor choices
because growing up "tuned into" a TV set does something to your mind and shapes personality in profound ways -- that much, we know.
Now, there is another monster to uncover. We've all seen it or them in the supermarket shelves right at the checkout. You can try, but you can't help
but to glance at them either intentionally or by accident -- sensationalist magazines. If we use a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being "extremely
distracting," these magazines would be very close to 5, obviously.
But Wait, There's more...
Not only do these covers and advertisements capture your attention with n-e-w-s, but anything rated lower than they are on the scale becomes boring
and effectively dead to you
, o-l-d. This means that anything that isn't made to be as captivating as the junk, will slip through the cracks of
your mind and attention. More, even if you do notice it, the sensationalist junk will pull you over more, and you will feel compelled to skip out on
the relatively tamer content. Thus we see a very clear bias to glitter, gloss, exaggerations, and lies because all of those things can much more
easily capture attention than anything else.
Well, well, well, What do we have here...?
Certainly, the problem or tactic is seen beyond the store shelves because our sensory devices stay the same, numbed a bit, even after we have
physically escaped the marketed environment. Everywhere your eyes go, goes the same tactics used to captivate your attention with GGEL -- glitter,
gloss, exaggerations, and lies. You've guessed it by now, it's here within headlines and topics on this and other websites, but especially this
Nature of the Beasts
The topics here already capture attention, because all conspiracies are inherently shocking. This makes the problem here on this site much worse. If
every topic here is already in itself shocking, the threads compete with one another by one upping the others and pushing them out of the way. That's
more sensationalism due to inherently sensational content.
Heads It Wins, Heads We Lose
To grow, a thread must capture attention. It wins by doing that, but we lose because it uses a gimmick to capture our attention and divert it from
others that could be equally or probably more important.
I'm Sorry, Sir
So, you've written a masterpiece, a great piece that is worth discussion, but your thread title is not up to par with the rest because you were not
willing to veer from truth and instead used an accurate title. Congratulations on your ethics, but sorry, you lose. Your thread will more likely be
lost in a sea of GGEL.
Insisting on GGEL
As many of us know already, this site insists on copying and pasting the exact headline. Herein is the problem for all of us, because headlines are
specifically chosen to result in clicks. Who wins?
Despite a conflict of interest, the ones who profit by the original sites and this site are the ones who win. How do they profit? Of course, through
advertising, the same monster we discussed earlier.
It's just business
The rules will stay the same as long as the business aspect of any site rules over any ethical pursuit it claims. The choice is between having
increased profits and growth by lax or purposely for-profit policies and keeping the site clean, manageable, and respectable and in alignment with its
claim to deny ignorance and thus promote accuracy and truth. The two are quite opposed to one another unless the site is to mostly attract flies. The
larger it gets, the more money that must be spent to keep it clean. Luckily, there are many people willing to work for free to keep things under
control, or else the site would have sunken long ago. Yet another profit-seeking, corrupt-from-the-beginning business venture, serving as a beacon for
GGEL that is trashed by the same users that claim to seek answers.
Time to Say Goodbye
Change the policy of using the exact headline. Put the responsibility on the user.
Stupidity as an excuse? Sorry. For a site that promotes the
denial of ignorance, this should
be easy to uphold. Intelligent posts by intelligent users will be rewarded. It only takes a little time to
fact check and write an accurate headline. If you cannot do so, pass it along to another user you trust who can do that for you, or the site can make
a sandbox for threads that are dubious.
Strictly enforce rules for headlines. Ban users on a "two strikes, you're out" policy. If you won't listen the first time, it's goodbye, see you again
maybe after you go through the trouble of re-registering. Delete the offending threads, of course.
Responsibility or Chaos
One must be chosen. Responsible users will follow the rules. Anyone else is bound to increase chaos, often only to boost their own flag count and
"popularity" at the expense of everyone else's experience on this site
. The obvious solution is to remove anyone not responsible for their
activity here. If the owners of this site won't change it, then they are worse than the users for not changing it because they alone are the only
ones who can
. Will they do it for us?
It is the only thing that can bring us back closer to a time of order, here and anywhere. Be part of the solution. Choose on the basis on the higher
principle. The world is affected enough by entertainment and deception.
Please choose accuracy and truth.
edit on 26-4-2012 by daynight42 because: formatting not working right...works in preview but wrong after submitting...
26-4-2012 by daynight42 because: mistake in my wording