8bitagent » 09 Sep 2018 10:46 wrote:I've been urged by a friend to come back on RI, and it's just surreal it's almost 2019, 12 years since I joined.. And boy did things not pan out quite like our predictions. Even though Jeff doesn't blog anymore(and boy, would 2018 be the ultimate fodder for a classic RI blog post), I am glad he's allowed this antiquated forum to linger on. I joined RI in 2007, and I thought it'd be fun to make some comparisons and contrasts to things *then* and *now*
Of course back in 2007, Donald Trump was still giving money to pro choice groups and espousing standard Democrat talking points while vigorously supporting Hillary Clinton(before Bannon got him
to turn into a "Popularist")
2007/// Liberals: BUSH AND MCCAIN ARE NEOCON EVIL WARCRIMINALS
2018/// Liberals: Bush and Mccain weren't so bad. Heck I'd even call them patriots. Look how they criticized Trump!
2007/// Alex Jones and right wing conspiracy kooks: "Muslim blamed terror plots and attacks are all false flags staged by the CIA and MI6 to demonize Muslims and push us into Big Brother"
2018/// Alex Jones and right wing conspiracy kooks: "Muslims are behind every evil, paid by Soros, to bring about the death of civilization. We need big brother to keep the Muslims in line"
2007/// Republicans: Russia is the biggest evil trying to undermine our Democracy
2018/// Democrats: Russia is the biggest evil trying to undermine our Democracy
2007/// Liberals: Buddhists are totally peace loving zen gurus we should aspire to be
2018/// Liberals: Holy shit, Buddhists are leading the biggest mass genocide and ethnic cleansing against Muslims in Myanbar(Burma)
2007/// Republicans: I am a staunch constitutionalist, I believe in the rule of law!
2018/// Republicans: The Justice department and constitution are an obstruction towards the president!
2007/// Republicans: Look at Howard Dean with his weird scream, womanizing John Edwards...the Democrats are disgusting
2018/// Republicans: Ok so we have a bible hating womanizer as president who calls southerners mentally retarded, but evangelicals have a duty to vote for him!
2007/// Rawstory Left: Saudi Arabia may have been involved in 9/11
2018/// Rawstory Left: You know, Saudi Arabia is doing some progressive things now and isnt so bad...like allowing women to drive!
2007/// liberals: Israel is a criminal state
2018/// neo fascists: Israel is a criminal state(but boy are we jealous of their ethno state)
2007/// Liberals: Bush got us into horrible wars that destabilized Iraq and Afghanistan
2018/// Republicans: Obama got us into horrible wars that destabilized Libya and Yemen
2007/// RI styled leftists: There is a global elite pedo ring
2018/// Liberals: Anyone who talks about a global pedo elite ring is an alt right nazi idiot
2007/// Republicans: Violent Music, video games, free speech and activism must be stopped for subverting America
2018/// Leftists: EVERYTHING IS GASLIGHTING PROBLEMATIC AF, ban it all, only approved speech is ok
2007/// Liberals: There needs to be more civil rights for women, gays, and ethnic minorities in the Islamic world
2018/// Liberals: How dare you say anything bad about Islamic culture, you Nazi
2007/// Liberals: NIKE is exploiting workers with slave labor
2018/// Liberals: NIKE is the shining beacon of progressive values!
2007/// liberals: There's a lot of suspicious deaths and "accidents/suicides" regarding whistleblowers and journalists
2018/// liberals: ONLY SEAN HANNITY AND FOX NEWS PEOPLE THINK WEIRD DEATHS ARE SUSPICIOUS YOU SETH RICH TRUTHER IDIOT!
2007/// alex jones conspiracists: Hugo Chavez and Venezuela are sticking it to the CIA oil hungry globalists
2018/// alex jones conspiracists: Venezuela is why socialism can never work
2007/// Glenn Beck and Oreilly are seen as extremists by the left on tv
2018// Tucker Carlson literally reads StormF---- talking points every night on his top rated Fox Show
82_28 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:23 pm wrote:Harvey, you're all good. Keep posting as well.
82_28 wrote: I hope by 8bit posting again, we can get some other old timers to emerge from the woodwork as well.
Elvis » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:31 pm wrote:Great post, 8bit. I've noticed many of the same changes.82_28 wrote: I hope by 8bit posting again, we can get some other old timers to emerge from the woodwork as well.
Wombaticus Rex » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:49 am wrote:The shift in media preferences has a lot to do with this, too. I've been mostly in 2007 era RI here since I got back, going through the subforums and digging through content that looks like ... well, this: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=4064
A lot of those links still work!
What strikes me as the biggest difference is that in 2018, conspiracy theory is no longer literate. (God knows, it was always iffy.) But, reading and writing is not the primary activity anymore -- it's podcasts, youtube and memes.
I reckon, in retrospect, we should have paid even more attention to ARGs.
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