Bad Storiesby Penelope Starr on Dec. 06, 2009, under Arts
I was inspired by the question, “are there uses of storytelling that are offensive or inappropriate” to do an internet search. Not knowing what words to use I typed in “bad stories” and came up with
Bored.com – bad date stories
Lovestory.com – love stores with bad or sad endings
MakingLemonade – bad stories from single parents
TheFrisky – bad sex stories
Workingamerica.org – bad boss stores
Texas Hold’em – bad beat stores from the poker table
Badgolfer.com – what it says
There are bad customer service experiences, bad driver rants, regifting horror stories and reasons to tell bad adoption tales. You can find stories about bad Facebook, divorce, leadership, haircuts, journalism, and car dealer experiences. There were 253,000,000 entries for bad stories.
I was curious so I searched “good stories” and there are only 126,000,000 entries. Apparently Google says there are twice as many bad stories as good stories.
But all that is a digression (how easy to do with searches) from the original question, what stories are not OK? According to Judy Rosemarin in Kathy Hansen’s blog, A Storied Career, the answer is gossip or false advertising.
I’d add lying with the intent to maliciously deceive. I’m not talking about exaggerating or embellishing a story, that’s fair in telling stories, but manipulating the truth to unduly influence someone is a bad story in my book. What’s your bottom line?