Canton, Ohio the 2nd Most “Dangerous” City, Eh?
There is one thing you have to keep in mind during this response; ALL media companies are out to make money. If you think journalism, truth, or justice is what they seek to expose then you are completely wrong. That might be how it was back in the day but it isn’t now. Whether they do stories, videos, articles to make you happy, sad, or otherwise there is one thing in mind and that is how do we get you to click more banners, get more page views and share their stories with your friend so they can make more money. Debate me on it, I dare you.
So when Movoto posted their article “These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities” keep in mind they did not have your best interest at heart. Google it, I am not even linking that pile of garbage here. They don’t care about your well being. They want to piss you off because they know you’ll share it on Facebook, Twitter, whatever, and in turn they make money. Lots of money. See all those ads surrounding that story? The more they get viewed and/or clicked the more money they make. Oh an what’s more is now we have other news outlets covering the “story” too. Why? Because they want a piece of the pie as well. Gee thanks guys.
Here’s my real problem… Look at the way it was calculated. I’m no mathematician. Wait, yes I am. And an accomplished one at that. The real problem is that they created their own definition of “Dangerous” then found a few patsy cities that could actually meet their narrow definition and pounced. They took cities between the size of 50,000 and 75,000 people. So that means that a city the size of Massillon wouldn’t have been considered. I’m not saying that Massillon has a crime problem that I know of, but there may be cities of the same size as Massillon or even bigger that weren’t even considered. Out of their sheer laziness we’ll never know. Also, they only considered 200 cities because they literally couldn’t find info on more that fit their narrow definition of “Dangerous.” Well, again, thanks guys for being so thorough. So that means they were left to “study” 200 cities in the entire USA. Ok, think about this, 200 cities in the entire United States of America were considered for this. I’m calling shenanigans. This entire “study” is lazy. It’s bullshit and you know it.
The entire Movoto blog post was a quick stab and ten cities to get the half a million Facebook shares it has already received. They cashed in on you, buddy.
Now on to Canton, Ohio. Are there bad parts of Canton? Sure. Are you going to walk in the Newton Zone after 5pm? Probably not. Do you see those hookers hanging out by Downtown Ford? Yeah. Are there random murders in other bad parts of the city? The news outlets certainly hope so because it gives them bad news that people love to share. And bad news is big money.
Believe me, if they could, those same news outlets would be sending busloads of puppies and babies to the most dangerous parts of any city. Crime will always happen to vulnerable people. And the news outlets will be there to make money on it.
Also, and thankfully, it has been reported numerous times that Canton is clearly on the comeback and you know what? Out-of-towners HATE THAT. It takes away their punchline. It gives the bully nothing to pick on. Not too many people like good news, and the fact is, Canton is filled with good parts. You don’t see anyone sharing that except the people in Canton. You know why? Because we’re pretty god damned proud of it. We’re proud we open our doors everyday of the week. We’re proud we helped kick the panhandlers out of downtown. We’re proud we pushed the “Canton Crud” to the outskirts so that our businesses could thrive. We’re proud to be a successfully growing community. You can write all the garbage you want but you can’t take that away. And we’re not stopping.
There will always be people who are afraid. There will always be crime. There will always be people to capitalize on it. Just remember every time you share, repost, or link these stories they are cashing in. Don’t feed the real monster.