It looks like Monday we were officially added to the 9Rules blog community in the “Special Interests” category and I want to make it clear I had no vote — and was never asked — where this blog would land over at 9Rules even though I asked several times where this blog would be placed.
The fact this blog was even located in a community was news to me until I discovered it myself this morning.
That public connecting of this blog to that community requires a public
explanation here disavowing any foreknowledge — or approval — of that
connection. “Special Interests” is such a negatively loaded political
phrase it makes me wonder why such a community name even exists on
9Rules. This blog does not fit in that narrow idea and I will ask
9Rules to clarify their position on the matter and hope for an answer
to my inquiry this time.
Merriam-Webster’s second definition of “Special Interest” states:
2 : an individual, group, or corporation having a special
interest in usually a particular part of the economy and receiving or
seeking through political pressure special advantages from the
government often to the detriment of the general welfare — usually
used in plural
We are not any of that, in fact, we are everything BUT that awful definition and I apologize for that unfortunate connection.
I offered to lead a new 9Rules community dealing with urban issues but that idea never received a response.
On a happier note, tomorrow I will announce another writing
opportunity for you as we launch a new writing category here in your
favorite, NON-Special Interests Urban Semiotic blog. I am excited about the idea and I look forward to your participation!