OP is essentially correct. Haughtily telling him to bugger off is missing the point. That's easy to say because essentially you are telling anyone who
doesn't like it here to just leave. That's a very superficial point of view. Consider the issues.
ATS has become a MSM barely-conspiracy site. You get the same news on Drudge or even Fox. (I know: You HATE Fox! Well, I hate MSNBC and CNN, so we're
even.) The site is no longer special. You can get anything here. Once ANYTHING happens on ANY subject, it gets posted here, usually several times. As
a result, the subjects that originally made ATS special have been shunted to the side and can hardly get a word in sidewise.
THAT, I think, is the issue. In many ways ATS is a victim of its own success. As it gets more popular, then people who are interested in more popular
things show up and contribute popular things. Thus the more unpopular issues get over-shadowed. When special places get popular, they become no longer
special. They look just like everywhere else. It's like a quaint small town that suddenly gets a cruise line. Suddenly it changes to accommodate the
tourists and becomes a parody of itself selling trinkets of local sites made in China.
Have you ever been to the Vatican? Like it or not it is one of the most important sites in the Western World. Now that anyone can get there everyone
does. They walk in shorts and flip flops, talk and text in the Sistine Chapel, form long lines at the restrooms, and often have no idea of what they
are viewing. But they go to the gift shop and can buy postcards with multiple Vatican scenes, including a picture of the Pope. It has taken the sacred
and made it mundane.
The Vatican has helped do that just as ATS has participated in what I would call the dilution of the site. That's because ATS is a business, It's
designed to maximize hits, to make "user generated content" into a revenue stream. The more hits, the more clicks, the more bucks. It's in their best
interests to hecome a "hub," and if they aren't, really, they'll exaggerate the stats to show it.
ATS is a circus and a carnival. It's fun and entertaining and we all gleefully participate. But we're the Marks, folks. Don't forget that.
on 1/23/2013 by schuyler because: (no reason given)