The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 August 2005

Go worst, young man

Patti Ratliff writes to the Oklahoma Gazette:

I think it's great that you do a Best of OKC issue, but what I would really love to see is a "Worst of OKC." An opportunity for the consumer to express bad service stories in the day of diminishing customer service!

And you know, if the Gazette balks at this, it's a golden opportunity for LOOK@OKC, which definitely needs to build some buzz if they're going to be the alternative alternative paper.

Either way, I'd love to see the ballot.

Posted at 6:19 AM to City Scene

That wouldn't do much to attract advertising. How catchy is the ad slogan that goes: Don't vote for us, we're not the worst.

Posted by: MikeH at 9:40 AM on 4 August 2005

Unless, of course, it's a deli & they advertise as the best wurst in town. :)

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 10:13 AM on 4 August 2005

The Gazette is probably leery of doing a "worst of' for several reasons:

1.Attempt to quantify least intelligent Ogle brother results in massive computer crashes as more and more machines are sucked into non-repeating infinite calculation loop.

2.No one who votes for Jack and Ron every year will read far enough into the story to understand that they shouldn't vote for them this time; consequent ego deflation will spawn a statewide tornadic storm that will last until 2035.

3.Likely number of write-in votes citing Gazette as offering lamest coverage of Oklahoma City matters would create a fire code violation at newspaper offices.

Posted by: Brett at 11:13 PM on 4 August 2005

I'm not in the OKC area (I'm in Tulsa) and I don't know these papers but LOOK@OKC has been sending readers to my blog lately - so somebody's reading.

I like the idea of giving the consumer a voice, but creating the opportunity for a public bash fest I think is the wrong approach - at least if you want real change. Peope would quickly become desensitized - the crowd looses it's credibity because it is prediposed to being negative. The better approach, I think, is the one we're taking now - organic discussion of these low points as we each discover them.

Aside from that, we need to understand that the internet is flat - my tiny blog was cited by a blogger in Greece today. Publishing a "worst of"
for a local area on the interenet is a lousy idea if you want people living outside of your area to think well of your community.

Just some thoughts...


Posted by: Matt Galloway at 8:42 AM on 5 August 2005