Kansas City Blog Roast: True(LY Corny)KC
Kansas City is the only place in the world where being nice is an acceptable career strategy and even a job requirement.
To wit . . .
TKC IS THE FIRST TO PRESENT AND ROAST THE PATHOLOGICALLY POLITE AND FAR TOO NICE "TRUEKC" PHOTO BLOG ART PROJECT!!!
Here's the link FIRST on TKC: TrueKC
Promoted Produced by Ryan Sellers, who is really a Crossroads start-up schemer, this artsy endeavor attempts to promote the mistaken notion that the streets of Kansas City are filled with nice people.
And I don't even know where to start with all that's wrong with this saccharine and clandestine marketing gimmick.
But I'll try . . .
- On general principal, we object to some start-up huckster walking around and getting po'folk to smile pretty for his camera. What some might call "urban exploring" is little ore than exploitation and unless he's handing out cash (pretty sure no) then this is just another way that a tech mover and shaker is getting over on locals just walking around without their knowledge. That's not to slam all street photography . . . But branding these kindly street people as happy souls joyfully enduring their lives of quiet desperation does nothing less than smear an agenda all over folks just waiting around for the bus.
- In reality . . . This artsy blog project is about 2 weeks away from promoting the toy train streetcar . . . After about 5 posts I got bored and stopped looking but it follows the same not so unique selling proposition that hinges Kansas City residents being too nice to say NO.
- Of course TKC is jealous that this kind of happy-go-lucky project would never float on this blog but that's only because we've stopped caring what anybody thinks and realized that confronting our enemies and the tragic downward spiral Kansas City is far more important than enjoying warm fuzzies and cleaver comments.
I guess what's troubling about this bloggy endeavor is that it follows the same "Kansas City Nice" style of branding that hasn't evolved in this town since the days when J.C. Nichols was kindly segregating this city with a smile . . . This time around, efforts like True KC are pushing a "rainbow gang" or Starship Enterprise crew pose attempting exploit a diversity of d-bags in order to loosen people up and get them prepared for the inevitable soft sell.
More in a bit . . .