Internet forums in general:
How did you fall into the world of discussion forums?
I was so outraged over the left's lawlessness and sense of entitlement that "it is OK for them to break the law and wrong for anyone to try to stop them" that I had to start speaking out against them.
I'd like to think that if I were living in 1930s Germany I'd be speaking out against the Nazis in the same way. I'm just the sort of person who always does the right thing no matter what.
a2K in Particular:
I was horrified at stumbling across past internet discussions, long dormant and obviously considered "settled" by the participants, that concluded that the US had deliberately targeted civilians (and for no reason) at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Reality of course is that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were military targets, and we were bombing Japan in a desperate attempt to end the reign of terror that they were inflicting on the planet.
I made an effort to search out current discussions of the A-bombings anywhere on the internet, and upon discovering a such a conversation I would dive into it from out of nowhere distributing facts to counter any falsehoods that I encountered. For a number of years I policed the entire
internet for untrue Hiroshima claims.
As one of the world's foremost experts on the A-bombings, I had ample knowledge to slap down any untrue claim that I came across. That is the reason why whenever Camlock nee JTT cut-and-pastes an article misrepresenting the bombings I am able to debunk the entire article so easily. So my advocacy for the truth was particularly effective; I actually changed the course of society's conversation. Eventually I started finding threads on the bombings where some of the participants were already defending the truth by copying things that I had written on the issue elsewhere on the internet. And over time journalistic articles condemning the bombings evolved from "those evil Americans deliberately massacred helpless civilians" to "yes the bombs were dropped on military targets, but".
One of the many internet discussions that I discovered and dove into was the big Hiroshima thread here on a2k. After about a year of exclusively posting only in that single thread, I poked my nose out and looked around at what other threads were on a2k.