Who is Matt Shirley? He’s a guy who has hit on the creative social media gimmick of making a daily chart about whatever strikes his fancy. In this case, his chart tells us a lot about—the lack of cultural literacy, biases, and historical ignorance of the people who follow Matt Shirley. The clever thing about a product like this chart is that it relieves its creator of any responsibility for its content. He is responsible for judging the accumulated unstudied opinions of jerks and fools worthy of publication, however.
As the title above suggests, the chart should have obvious implications. However, some of the entries will cause me to strangle on my own disgust unless I mention them. For example,
- The alleged “worst attraction” in New Hampshire, which may have more cheesy roadside “places of interest” per square mile than any state, is “The Old Man Of The Mountain,” better known as “The Great Stone Face.” I’ve seen it: it was worth the trip, it was unique, and it was a big part of New Hampshire legend and lore: Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a short story about it. I once had this exact same postcard:
The Great Stone Face, aka “The Old Man of the Mountain,” crumbled and disappeared 17 years ago. Nice due diligence there, Matt!
- Choosing The Alamo as the worst attraction (“But it’s so small!”) in Texas is signature significance for an ignoramus and an ethics dunce. That selection alerts us that Matt’s followers are incurable lock-step social justice warriors with onion skin-thick knowledge and no of an event with as much symbolic significance as historical. It also suggests, like the New Hampshire selection, that people were calling attractions the “worst” without ever having seen them in person.
- Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia) and Plymouth Rock (Massachusetts) attract people who honor the founding of what became the United States (so Plymouth Rock is a guess—so what?). They are only bad attractions to those who hate America, and are under the delusion that the world would be a better place if the vast expanse of North America had remained in the possession of the indigenous natives, who would have continued their blithe and idyllic stone age existence forever, or at least until Hitler reduced them to grease.
Our society, through inattention and apathy, somehow have allowed these deluded people to get ominously close to positions of power.
- Choosing “Disney”—it’s Walt Disney World, you boobs— as the worst attraction in Florida is also a tell, not to mention risible. That’s anti-America bias talking too. There’s a reason Disney’s creations were used in the American Pavilion at Expos ’67 to stand for the powerful engine of American popular culture (along with Hollywood, which Matt’s followers also tagged as a “worst.”)
This perverse choice also strongly suggests that the critics have never seen what they have condemned. Even these indoctrinated jerks would enjoy something in Walt Disney World if they were actually there. I have never heard of anyone who didn’t: if you can’t have fun in The Haunted Mansion or Test Track (at EPCOT) to name just two, something’s the matter with you, not the park.
- Naming the Grand Canyon as “the worst” anything is just inexplicable.