I don’t see as much of the CW Nevius these days as he banned me from his Twitter a while back, but actual journalists occasionally feel compelled to reTweet him, not sure why, perhaps it’s a part of of their KPI‘s, IDK.
(Oh, BTW, how many people paid money to the Chronicle to read CW’s pearls of wisdom online when there was that paywall? The answer is NOT MANY AT ALL. Oh well, bygones.)
Anyway, here’s his latest effort:
“Sharing economy means putting your trust in complete strangers“
A couple things just about the headline, one that The Neve might not have come up with himself, but even so:
1. The term “sharing economy” should be in quote marks, right? It’s a neologism, right? And it’s a euphemism, the very one that The Neve is criticizing. But it’s not in quotes and that’s noteworthy because CW long ago abandoned most of any sort of journalistic mission he had to become a prominent member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction, you know, the right-side-of-the-aisle faction, the one led by fellow SFGate columnist, Mayor Willie Brown, the one that has been / will be in power for a least a quarter-century (1996 to ???). And here’s the connection: Willie Brown’s political faction is primarily financed by just one person and that one person just happens to be the world’s number one proponent of the term “sharing economy.” So the woe-is-me, story-teller side of Nevius would favor using the quotes while the lickspittle side of Nevius would disfavor.
2. Shouldn’t the point of the headline be obvious to everybody by now, you know, including children? I think so. So thank you, Captain Obvious.
Now on to the body:
1. “We were having a great time until …” So this discovery ruined your staycation, srsly? Nevius, you’re no gen-i-us as I’m sure you’d agree, but are you stupid enough to expect your readers to believe that you’re this naive? Do you feel pressured to force your nothingburger anecdote into something like a woman-in-peril Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie?
2. “‘[C]ollege-age’ daughter?” Boy that’s a gratuitous detail, in’nt? But here’sthe answer to the woman-in-peril Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie question – yes, that’s what The Nevius was going for. Except, EXCEPT:
A. The camera wasn’t turned on.
B. The camera wasn’t hidden.
C. The camera wasn’t placed for ideal peeping.
And wasn’t the Nevius against Airbnb rentals in his own condo building earlier this year? Yes he was, as he’s become a typical SF NIMBY already even though he started living here just recently. But when he wants to use Airbnb up in Marin, well then he doesn’t seem to care about NIMBY type issues.
And when Nevius rents a hotel room or gets in a cab, isn’t he dealing with”strangers” as well? I think so.