March 28, 2012
Following is my farewell letter to my loyal readers at examiner.com. It is the end result of a my fruitless attempts to update my outdated profile, and more importantly, to protest a banner ad for Borghese Cosmetics that ran across the top of my page. It was a frustrating, two-week back and forth discussion in which I submitted “tickets” to the examiner.com staff for requests, then waited 4 to 6 days for each response. My published letter follows:
I am sorry to say farewell to the loyal readers who have supported me for the last three years. However, I feel that examiner.com has begun to represent many of the things I find offensive about today’s world of mega-marketing. Mostly, I no longer trust their integrity, an attribute I have spent more than three decades personally championing. What is the point of reading an article if you can’t trust the author? As an author, what would be the point of displaying my point of view, my research, or my recommendations through a source that I personally did not trust?
I understand that internet sites need to earn revenues through ads. However, ads for products that I personally do not endorse, which appear on my personal page, are inappropriate, offensive, misleading, and disturbing to me. It is for this reason, that I am resigning as of today, as the San Francisco Fountain of Youth Examiner.
I hope you will all choose to follow me on my web site and blog, www.ziawesley.com where I have control over who does or does not appear above, below, and beside my name.