A Review of Conspiracy Websites and Alternative News Sites on the Internet
Most of us have heard of the conspiracies involving 911, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama's birth certficate and the story that the U.S. moon landing was a hoax. These are just a few conspiracies that have lingered in the minds of some people - and to this day there are discussions about these conspiracies on websites around the world.
With the advancement of technology and the Internet age, there is a probability that these conspiracies may never die, and will remain topics of conversation for many years to come.
What many people don't realize however is that on many of those sites, most day to day topics are also discussed and picked apart - and that alternative news sites are also on the Internet, reporting on every bit of information that comes there way - up to and including all natural and man-made disasters, political issues, scandals, and any other topic that seems out of the ordinary (the Louisiana Sinkhole in Assumption Parish is a good example of this)
As a journalist, reporter and blogger, I frequent these sites daily, and look for breaking news, research topics and items of interest. I have rated these sites according to ease of format, reliability, usefulness and their members and posters:
Your Rating for GodLike Productions website
A review of the website GodLike Productions
The first conspiracy and alternative news website that I ever visited was GodLike Productions. This was several years ago and I've been visiting ever since.
The upside of GLP: I hear breaking news 99% of the time before it even hits the mainstream media (even CNN) I learn new information about subjects I'm studying sometimes days or even months before they become mainstream media news topics. The format there is that of a continuous stream of threads with new subjects being posted almost constantly. More "interesting" threads get "pinned" and become hot topics of the day.
The bad: I have to ferret through ridiculous threads that are obviously pinned for shock and entertainment value only. I have seen some pretty radical things happen via GLP, like a former poster there that ended up threatening the President and getting arrested by the FBI.
I have also broke news there that led to me being looked at by the government (I didn't get in trouble - I was only connecting the dots, much to their consternation) Just goes to show you that YES, they are watching us...
Discussions there can get hot and heavy, and you have to have a thick skin to participate unless you just want to lurk. GLP is a great think tank and many believe that the government uses GLP to do exactly that - lurk, gather ideas and get a pulse on peoples beliefs, ideas and attitudes. GLP is said to be a mass experiment on the public. Now there's a real conspiracy - a conspiracy about a conspiracy site!
I rate GLP a 4 out of 5.
Ease of use: Excellent
Breaking news: Excellent
Posters: Some highly educated and interesting
I would give them a 5 right now except for the fact I'm banned from posting there now unless I become a paying member. I have been banned several times for various reasons, none of which were threatening behavior. They say I'm a random ban because of my IP address but I know it's all about the money - pay up or I can't view the site.
Most people can get a free membership from GLP. I however have to pay. Such is life.
A review of the website Above Top Secret
The other conspiracy website that I frequent is called Above Top Secret. I like ATS. They have a nice polished website and topics are divided into subjects. Although I have a free membership there, I usually just go there to read. Like GLP, most news breaks there before the MSM, although this is not always the case. ATS seems to put up with less silliness than GLP and only allow more serious topics to get bumped forward to be discussed.
The pros of ATS: Membership is truly free, you are not held hostage to become a paying member although you can contribute to the site.
The cons: ATS seems to lag behind GLP in breaking news. If you are a news junkie like me, you want the latest news down to the latest tweets on breaking subjects. I would say that most members there have a life and just can't post as frequently as they do on GLP.
Rating: I give Above Top Secret a 4 out of 5. Somehow and I'm not sure why, the thread format just doesn't seem to be as user friendly for me to use. Just my personal opinion.
Ease of use: Very good
Breaking news: Good
Posters: Many highly educated and interesting members
My rating: 4 out of 5
- Steve Quayle - Giants - Dead Scientists - Gold Metals - Radio Host
Steve Quayle's alternative news website
A review of alternative news website Steve Quayle
One of the best breaking news alternative sites that I also frequent is Steve Quayle's website. This site does not have a forum, nor does it have threads, but it has lots of late breaking news. I find Steve's alternative news site to be very user friendly (especially since their latest redesign), with easy to navigate links with the important news of the day. If you want to get a good pulse of what's going on globally without the nonsense, Steve Quayle's site is a good place to start.
Because he is a Christian, some of Steve's "controversial" posts involve "inside" information and letters from people that have received visions and prophecies Other posters claim to have inside information from government and political sources and Steve highlights these posters thoughts and their "Intel" occasionally.
This doesn't bother me because I am a Christian too, I just use discernment like we are supposed to do with everything anyway. I admire that Steve Quayle has no problem "marrying" news, conspiracies and his faith all together in one site.
Ease of use: Excellent
Breaking news: Excellent
My rating: 5 out of 5
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My review of conspiracy and alternative news websites
Wrapping up my review, I'd like to say that I think that it's great that there are websites out there that help us think out of the box, ask questions that we might not normally ask - and pursue truth in alternative ways. Although some things posted are not truthful, nor are they truly a conspiracy, there are also many subjects that are true and being discussed carefully, with many intelligent questions being asked.
I think this is a good thing - it gives us the ability to choose other ways of coming to conclusions, and provides good, lively conversations. Although there are truly some "crack-pots" at these conspiracy and alternative news websites, there are also many intelligent, forward thinking people seeking to learn more about the world around them.
And in the grand scheme of things, perhaps some of these people will be the next movers and shakers of society, who knows?