State ‘rankings’ placing Florida last are based on thin air and snark

Florida Beach photo; Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Florida Flamingos; Florida Beach photo; Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Media are breathlessly touting results of state ‘rankings’ that place the state of Florida dead last in an analysis of states ranked from “best to worst.” The list started with the “worst.”

Headlines blared from eager media who probably are still smarting from Democrats’ loss in the Sunshine State in November, 2016. That’s beside the point, though.

What is inside the point is that media who deliver your evening news on traditional networks actually took these ‘rankings’ seriously.

These aren’t real ‘rankings’. 

Florida Beach photo; Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Florida Beach photo; Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

The writers explained the criteria for their decisions on placement of each state:

“their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.”

It’s tempting to dash off a list of Florida superlatives. I might do that if I thought these guys were serious.

The list is really funny if you can put your bias aside and read it as what it is.

Great snark.

I live in Florida. It’s one of the best places in the world in my opinion. You don’t have to take my word for it. Take a look at a real report published at Florida Trend.

The ‘rankings’ published at Thrillist place Michigan as the best state to live in. I think that pretty much seals my argument.

Thrillist is an entertainment site. The article and ‘rankings’ are clickbait, and most media have jumped all over the piece although I suspect most who popped the content up didn’t read the whole article. No, I’m not linking to it. If you go to the site, you can find it all by yourself.

So if you’re traveling to Florida to perform, sell your crafts, or attend a concert, not to worry. Florida is a great place for indie musicians to work because tourism provides countless opportunities regardless of style or genre.

This is the best state to live in in the USA. In my opinion. You probably feel the same way about your own state. Our opinions are just as valid as the thin air Thrillist based its ‘rankings’ on.

(Kay B. Day/Jan. 29, 2018)

2 thoughts on “State ‘rankings’ placing Florida last are based on thin air and snark”

  1. “The ‘rankings’ published at Thrillist place Michigan as the best state to live in. I think that pretty much seals my argument.”

    Don’t get “Snarky” in return. IMHO, California, New York, Connecticut and the “deep blue” states are all tied for most horrific places to live.

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