posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 05:44 PM
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
well according to many on ATS I am a “paid shill”
I think the people who make such accusations should be banned from ATS.
Their argument usually goes along these kind of lines, I (or any sane member) debate with them then about 3 or 4 posts in they realise that I know
more about the subject than they do, my position is correct as my argument is stronger with a good logical basis and they have no counter argument.
This leads to me being called a “ shill”, sometimes unpaid, sometimes paid either by the CIA or the NWO, take your pick.
I am not a shill, there are no shills on ATS.
“Shill” is just a word that the less than intellectual members on ATS like to through around when they have lost an argument. Usually the word
shill is used with other insults like “coward”, “troll” or my personal favourite “disinfo agent”. I think that members who use such terms
without any proof of these accusations should be treated the same anyone else would be if they were to call someone a “S***head” for example or
any other derogatory term.
So yes OP I agree with you we should stop using the term “shill” but not only that I think we should be tougher on those who do use the term.
Your argument here is about as poor as the ones I've seen you make elsewhere.
There certainly are such things as "shills." Commonly these are used in a commercial sense-- to give positive reviews of products, to seem like that
product has great word-of-mouth, and/or to generate traffic to websites, etc etc. I can show you websites where people advertise these services, and
where people go to hire such services. There are quite a few of them out there, if you look. Google "paid forum posting" and see what you come up
with. Then come back and tell me how shills don't exist.
Further, I think your arguing against shills is a little... well... odd. That either makes you very uninformed and ignorant of the issue, or pushing
an agenda-- the idea that shills do not exist. Why would you do that?
I agree with you that many toss this term around lightly, and shouldn't... and that many will throw this out toward anyone who disagrees with them.
However, in some cases it is appropriate. And I think most of us here who have studied the issue, and are also familiar with how intelligence Ops
work, would not discount the idea that there are "shills" or "disinformation agents" among us. Of course... not everyone is that informed, or
clued in on how intelligence works (in any sense of the word
) but you have to wonder, how some people seem so painfully in the dark. Or are