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Hearing only conspiratorial accounts of government behavior,
their members become ever more prone to believe and generate such accounts.
Informational and reputational cascades, group polarization, and selection effects suggest
that the generation of ever-more-extreme views within these groups can be dampened or
reversed by the introduction of cognitive diversity. We suggest a role for government
efforts, and agents, in introducing such diversity. Government agents (and their allies)
might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to
undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises,
causal logic or implications for political action.
With that in mind and the impact these posters have, is it feasible to believe there are actual 'shills' on ATS who come here to derail threads?
There are a handful of posters on this forum that literally have thousands of posts yet pretty much 100% only ever post to undermine a conspiracy theory.
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
Why would shills need to infiltrate ATS, or any conspiracy site for that reason? We do a good enough job sabotaging ourselves. We throw out any crazy, nonsensical theory to the public so they don't care about anything we say, true or not. Then on top of that we can't even agree among ourselves. Just look at how many different 2012 theories there are or how many different objects are Nibiru.
I have been called a shill on numerous occasions (including once today) but that's only because I have standards. We need to stop buying into every "alternative" theory and rejecting the mainstream explanations out of hand. We need to start looking for conclusive facts and stop ignoring the things that ruin our worldviews. The truth is that during my time on ATS I have seen very few threads that actually back up their claims under scrutiny. Most people generally just get mad when you point out holes in their theories. If pointing out those holes makes me a shill then I'm happy to bear the title.