So my wife has this interesting thing going on at her blog.
A while back she found a Forbes Magazine article on line that listed Chicago (affectionately, “Shitcago”) as one of the ten worst places to live. She’s long been of that opinion anyway, and she’s lived in places like the San Francisco Bay Area and New York metropolitan. So she’s got some, if not extensive, experience with other major cities.
But the interesting part is, her blog only comes up when you actively search for “Chicago Sucks”. Enter that search term into Google, and she’s the A-1 hit on the hit list. There are, however, 7.7 million other hits. She’s not alone in her opinion.
At the top of all of her anti-Chicago posts, she indicates – clearly – that she’s not interested in debating the merits of Chicago. Many people – most of them either natives or people who have visited but not lived – find Chicago a grand place to be. She’s clear about the idea behind her post – that it’s for expressing her opinion of once-Second city, and that’s all. She’s also clear that First Amendment laws do not apply. It’s her blog, her site, and if you don’t like what she thinks, she’s even provided links to places which are more to your taste. Pro-Chicago sites, in other words.
So how do strangers from the Internet keep stumbling on her blog?
I reiterate: There is only one way to locate her anti-Chicago posts. You have to actively be looking for the term “Chicago Sucks”.
Evidently, there’s no disclaimer strong enough to deter “dissenting” opinions. All of the warnings expressly indicating that, should you be a Chicago fan you won’t like what she’s posted, aren’t enough to keep away the idiotic “rebuttal” of her opinion, which she defends AS the rebuttal for all the “Chicago is the best ever” mindset we’ve discovered. In other words, she keeps getting people on her post(s) who find what she says untrue, difficult to believe and unacceptable. And yet, they found her blog and are determined to make a defense for Chicago.
How did you find it? Once more: If you stumbled on her blog, it’s because you were SEEKING it. Period.
I wonder if major manufacturers have the same problem? Do they, despite lading down their product packaging with disclaimers, face the ignorance of those who either don’t read, or worse still, do read and disregard, their warnings and suffer the consequences? How many of those ignoramuses then seek – and receive – compensation in lawsuits because they didn’t read the warnings or didn’t care what they indicated?
It seems the very height of stupidity to inject yourself in a negative way into a situation when you’ve been asked politely not to. But I still want to know: why are you there? Why did those individuals end up on her blog to “rebut” and “refute”, or to be insulting and rude to those who share her opinion and have found an outlet for their frustration and pent angst, in the first place?
If you look for trouble, you surely will find it, won’t you?