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The mainstream media follows tongue in cheek in it's reporting and glamorization of what you and I should accept as right or wrong - building the framework in our minds what they believe we should imitate and integrate into the inner dynamics and psychological infrastructure of us as individuals and our families. In popular culture and media reporting, popularity indeed rules the day as to what we deem as cool, interesting or worthwhile - most of us following like sheep
I have read great threads in different forums with subjects closely relating in content between well established members and new (or not well known yet) members, and in many instances the well known members threads accumulated more attention and responses, as well as star and flag totals.
Do you always tend to honor the values and opinions of members who have a longer history here at ATS because you agree with their opinions more than others?
Originally posted by Son of Will
I agree. And I'd like to make a slightly depressing suggestion - even though the ATS motto is "deny ignorance", the truth is, this community is no more or less enlightened than most other groups. It's a cultural niche, certainly, in that we all tend to find 'fringe' topics interesting. But when it comes to increased awareness, independent thought and action, we are not special, generally speaking.
And that's why you find the depressing behavior that you outlined in the OP - because this place mirrors society as a whole in some very undesirable ways.