KANSAS CITY FREE SPEECH UPDATE: THE POLAR BEAR GOES INTO HIBERNATION!!!
More than anything . . .
TKC IS THE ONLY FREE SPEECH ZONE IN KANSAS CITY!!!
We offer more leeway than any other place about local news in Kansas City because we feel that free speech is important given the recent local government crackdown on direct Democracy.
To wit . . . For tonight, we want to relay this THOUGHTFUL message from a man some of you know as THE POLAR BEAR that offers insight into the world of comments here on TKC and throughout the Internets...
A MESSAGE FROM THE POLAR BEAR
For some time now, the cartoon character known as the Polar Bear has posted a bunch of comments. 99% of the time these comments are just to stir up the natives.
The Polar Bear idea originated with Byron Funkhouser. It is amazing the venom directed toward Byron. I have no idea, but would imagine Byron enjoyed pulling the chains of some of your readers. I know the Polar Bear certainly does.
Today, after reading some of the comments regarding the Toy Train and the actions of the Mayor and City Council, the bear followed another poster and posted "ropes and trees". Amazing that a number of readers, including elByran, picked up and think this comment was something other than a lame attempt at humor. I was totally taken aback that someone could actually think that comment was anything other than "snark".
It would appear that a number of readers actually bite on some , if not all, the wildly obscene comments that bear posts. People can't be that gullible, can they?
It dawned on me today that even words spoken in jest could possibly lead some to actually act on those "comments". Therefore, after a day of reflection, the Polar Bear has come to the conclusion that retirement is in the best interest of this mythical character.
That's not to say that material may pop up from time to time that this character cannot resist dropping a f-bomb on or a wild off the wall comment. But as of tomorrow the mythical Polar Bear is going into "hibernation"
Your blog, with the myriad of different comments, gives the reader a look into the world we live in today. While the Polar Bear character throws out bigoted comments, f-bombs, and other off the wall comments, few, if any, should be taken serious.
It is obvious that some of the people comment just as the bear, in jest , BUT one would have to believe there are some who actually feel, believe, and live their lives just as they comment. This is the door that your blog opens. A door that sometimes we don't want to believe exists. Through this door, one gets a true view of the society that we live in today. From hipsters just trying to find their way, to the elderly, that many times are taken advantage of, to those just trying to survive, to the segments of our society that are struggling to find answers, your blog opens the door to look into their lives through comments that you allow, even the ones that, many times, are way out there.
Thanks for being a good sport. Continued success. You are, regardless of what some may say, providing a look into local events that many people are missing otherwise.