Dear Open Letters,
You are neither open nor a letter.
You SEEM like you are open to everyone yet you are mostly posted only on websites where the readers will agree with you. (Except for the particular open letter you are reading, which was written on a website where the readers have written open letters and will proceed to take this personally. Probably.)
I don’t understand why you are not a closed letter in an envelope addressed to the proper offending company/person. That seems to be the audience who could actually DO something about your problem that inspired this letter of indignation and openness.
And speaking of too much openness, 90% of you open letters are a strange mix of rants and data interspersed with pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. You are rarely made of facts and verifiable sources.
You do seem quite open to playing on people’s fears and desires to have answers when there often are none. Your ability to not acknowledging the shades of gray complexity that require individual thought and action while still giving such a feel-good feeling, is exceedingly impressive.
Now, perhaps 1 in 1000 open letters will enrage people enough in the title and/or first paragraph to inspire 10,000 people to retweet and Facebook so they may raise their hands in a viral high-five of accomplishment.
And then go back to their closed lives of not doing a damn thing about much of anything except bathing and eating.
So I ask you, one open letter to another, let’s spend less time opening up and more time taking action.
- Join the I HATE OPEN LETTERS (IHOL) network
- Donate to help stop the famine in Africa.
- Hug a neighbor.
- Write a congressperson.