My recent story, "Six things you cannot say Seattle" generated a lot of response, evidence of the story's Twitterability and that it seems to have struck a chord. Seattle's famously mushy discourse has resulted in a build-up of verboten opinion. The culture of consensus is discomfited by disagreement.
My list was short; I gave six examples, which isn't to say these are the only things that are no-nos. Not by a long shot. The best part of the feedback is that almost everyone had something to add to the list. You can see some of the debate in the comments thread following the original piece, but the discussion continued in a number of forums.
We devoted a lot of time to it on KUOW's "Weekday" journalists' roundtable discussion (June 12). Instead of discussing healthcare reform, we got swept away as listeners called-in and emailed their own additions to "six things." If you want to know what Steve Scher, Art Thiel, Eli Sanders, and David Horsey have to say, listen in. "Weekday" producer Katy Sewall also kindly collected some listener suggestions and passed them along, noting that some seemed rather confessional. So, according to Seattle public radio listeners, you cannot say:
Kurt Cobain had nothing to do with Courtney Love's success
Tim Eyman is awesome! (that would cause a public lynching!!)
If the salmon can't fend for themselves that's their own problem
I like clearcuts
I drink Folgers
I prefer wine from a box
Why do I have to learn Spanish?
Composting is GROSS
I don't like salmon
I missed two episodes of Jon Stewart
"Ballard hipster" is just a variation of "Bellevue yuppie"
I eat at McDonald's
I don’t like KUOW
Density is good
Soccer is BORING
I don't buy organic
I like Budweiser
I don't own Fleece
I don't like coffee
I'm from Tacoma
Whole Foods is a waste of money
A public hearing will just bog down the project
Anything remotely critical about KEXP
Yeah it's in Seattle, 2 bedroom and nice lot...and I paid less than $250,000
I was born in Bellevue
The Space Needle is tacky!
Lake Union isn't really a lake, it's a lagoon
J.P. Patches is a tired old clown
The Puyallup Fair is better than Bumbershoot
Put your dog on a leash
Baseball is boring
I’m on dial-up
For more response, including from Portlanders, see the longer version of this story at Crosscut.com