This is my first thread here so I thought I would stick to recent developments over at ATS.
For those who are unaware ther have been 3 new forums added to ATS this week, 2 in the news section '2012 US Elections' and 'World War 3', and one in the conspiracy section 'Geo-Engineering and Chemtrails'.
Now I suppose we can give them the US Election one for free that is understandable and even possibly reasonable, there are no real issues about that although I don't see the same effort being made for UK elections, which is another huge part of the user base. But it's the other two that seem to not do much for the 'deny ignorance' mantra of the site.
Let's look at the 'Geo-Engineering and Chemtrails' forum as a start, now I guess it is fair content for a conspiracy site but it clearly shows a new direction in the way chemtrail threads are to be dealt with. Until recently all related threads were ending up in skunkworks, which seemed fair enough given the brilliant work done by OzWeatherman and others in outlining the bare facts and science behind the myth. It seemed at one point the rightful home for chemtrailers to dwell in. But now by adding the words Geo-engineering to it in one foul swoop hands credibilty back to them, without any real advances in their argument. Geo-engineering itself has some merit to it, but why add chemtrails to it. I just don't see any reason why all of the sudden they feel the need to give credibilty to the flailing argument that is chemtrails. Surely there has been times in the past when they could of, why now?
To me at least, this seems like their first step backwards.
That brings me to the next forum, the 'World War 3' section. I mean really? What? WW3?
Quite possibly one the most ridiculous fear mongering piece's of crap they can claim ownership of. Last time I checked we were not part of any great global conflict. Not only is it a disgrace to the site it is a disgrace to the honour of those who served during the first two WW's.
I just don't get this one, are trying to say that we are in WW3 now? That's the impression I get. It's ludicrous, any person with a half functioning brain can clearly see that it is not the case. Sure there are many different conflicts
happening but the word different is an important one here. Maybe they are trying to pre-empt a conflict? That's just dumb if so and would be nothing more than heresay and speculation at the end of the day. The business model is becoming more and more one based on exploiting peoples fears and anxiety. It's bordering on cruelty.
I don't know, it's the addition this forum I feel is incredibly damaging to the site and it's potential visitors. Maybe it could of been called something else and it would be less laughable. It is clearly the biggest step backwards in my mind.
So what do you guys think? Am I reading to much into it maybe?
To be honest I don't really expect anything less from ATS.