I know I’m fond of criticizing the world. I have many posts with titles like Why X sucks and the myths about Y. Many writers do this too and I wonder why. A first pass suggests it’s easier to criticize than it is to make things.
For example, lets say we have two essays:
A) What makes managers great
B) Why managers make us miserable
Somehow the confession, by writer B, that there’s something wrong and they’re going to talk about it strikes me as more honest than writer A. Writer A sounds like a fool. A Pollyanna. He sounds like someone who thinks everything is wonderful and probably has no insight as to why. Whereas Writer B, although he might describe some horror stories, offers a chance at insight that might help turn things around.
I’m from NYC, and people from NYC are prone to skepticism. Simply put, if I don’t see you call bullshit on something, I fear you don’t know how.
I do realize this can get in the way, so I do my best not to go too far. I wonder what you think. Let me know.