Editor: During the past two weeks of our hiatus and re-evaluation of the OB Rag, we have received numerous donations in efforts to keep us publishing, as well as some wonderful feedback. Here, below, a supportive reader – who remains anonymous – writes us that it’s possible that the OB Rag is an “anachronism” and needs to change its name. Do you agree?
By Anon. Reader
I would first like to say that I think the OB Rag has done an admirable job doing what it does. I like it, as do many others, because it provides a point of view that can’t be found elsewhere. The writing is very good and it is refreshing to read in depth articles that also can’t be found elsewhere either.
I think the problem is that the Rag, and much of what it exists for, have become anachronisms to the general public.
I just don’t think the general public believes a counterculture paper has a place in today’s world.
Honestly, I think one of the main problems is the name. I like it but I think it brands the paper as a hippie throwback and there just aren’t any new hippies coming along.
So, one suggestion I would make would be to change the name. I think the “OB” in the name puts off potential readers also because of the age old reputation that OB has as a hippie and biker haven, although those of us who live here know that OB hasn’t been that way for many, many years. But,there are many people in Pt Loma who would not deign to look at the Rag for that reason alone.
Additionally, I think the “OB” makes people think it is just about OB and that is a very small geographical group. I know everyone loves the name, but I think it is counterproductive.
Aside from that, if as few as 50 to 100 donations would solve the problem for now, I’d say that is the way to go. I would chip in on that. I also think the name change might encourage more advertisers. A fund raiser might also help, perhaps in addition to monthly donations. Shirts maybe, but I have to say that I have received negative comments from folks when I wear my shirt. Again, the name as I’ve mentioned and there is another problem with the name I’ve heard from a few people and that is the slang connotation for the word “Rag” in that in is used to refer to a feminine hygiene product. Ridiculous, I agree, but it happens.