Originally Posted by Steve Pavlina
If someone takes offense to it, I guess they're seeing it as some kind of elitist filter that suggests they aren't worthy. The site is freely available to everyone with Internet access -- it's not like you have to take a Mensa test to gain access. The site navigation, while nothing fancy, is fairly straightforward.
That's the funny thing, to me. The tag itself doesn't suggest that anybody's not worthy, so that feeling of unworthiness obviously comes from the reader's own insecurity. (Darn straight, Kloudiia -- we are a self-confident bunch!)
And insecure people can read books for dummies!
Cron, I agree that the dummies series does have its purpose. I doubt that the authors meant to degrade people by the title -- it's more of an accessibility thing, like they're reassuring the potential reader that it won't be super confusing. I'm with you, though, I usually want
the in-depth, potentially confusing information! It's more fun that way.
Vivling, I'm really curious about your take on American writing! What's generally annoying about it? I'm an English major and editor, so I find the subject fascinating.