ALL TROLLING IS LOCAL
HOW SAN FRANCISCO BECAME A CITY OF PEEVISH, SELF-LOATHING TROLL FEEDERS, JUST LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE
This is a story about how an obtuse technology executive provoked an entire city into revealing its deep seeded culture of self loathing. Peter Shih posted a Hate Listicle about things that suck in San Francisco - the Fucking MUNI, the Fucking Homeless, The Fucking Bicyclists, and so on. He also complained about things that reflected more on himself, like the weather, and his inability to get laid.
The piece got a lot of attention, mostly negative. This despite the fact that in the quarter century since San Franciscans have had access to the Internet, somebody somewhere in the city has posted a list of things they hate about it roughly every 18 months. You probably wrote one too; you just don't remember.
But how did we get here? How did San Francisco go from being the City That Knows How, to being the City that Blows, Now?