The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Originally posted by Losonczy
I've been on ATS for about 13 years.
is how ATS looked like 13 years ago.
It was before "my time", as I only found ATS on 2003
In the early days, ATS posters and lurkers were interested in the most popular conspiracies. Folks enjoyed the early promise of the
Internet...a deep resource for researching, providing links and doing more research, connecting dots and pointing out holes in initial/original
stories. Most people studied hypotheses, contributed ideas, and enjoyed the devil's advocate back and forth. People questioned the MSM and committed
themselves to serious detective work.
You point to the reason for any difference between the "now" and the "then", people.
The way the average person acts today is not exactly the same way that same person acted 13 or 10 years ago.
Do you remember how was your everyday life back in 2000?
Thirteen years later, the site feels much more divisive and divided into countries or cultural positions. There is a lot more America bashing
America bashing is wrong but calling the French "surrender monkeys" is OK, I guess.
One of the few threads I have ever made (back in 2004) was exactly about that, the apparent need of some people from the US to feel hated, so I guess
it's nothing new.
I think the biggest problem is that most people, today, act more selfish, even in the small everyday things, and they do not notice it.
Why people post on Facebook and other useless sites about what they are doing? Who cares?
Did you find a funny photo? Good for you, but don't act as if you were the one that had the idea, you just copied other people's idea and showed it
to someone that could already know it, like when you start to tell a joke and the other persons says "I know that one, it ends with...".
I think that the Facebook/Twitter/social network mentality gave people a wrong kind of idea of what communication is; it's not supposed to be one way
only, it's supposed to be interactive, like when two people are talking to each other and one interrupts the other to say something.
That doesn't happen on the Internet (and, for some people, doesn't happen on a telephone call either, as they don't stop talking when the other
person tries to interrupt), so something that, in real life, is considered as, at least, a little rude, is the "normal" thing on the Internet.
People that started using the Internet only in the last few years find this mentality already in place, so they adapt to it quickly, but those that
know the Internet for a longer time see the difference.
And, when we are talking about group communication, size matters.
What's the worse feeling, being in a room with four people, having a conversation, or in a stadium, with thousands of people, divided in small
groups, each having their own conversation?
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.