I want to write a negative article on the fast food industry. Would naming names

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (8 posts)
  1. MBurgess profile image88
    MBurgessposted 2 years ago

    I want to write a negative article on the fast food industry. Would naming names be out of line?

    I know that this food is not good for you, but because of the work I do I sometimes rely on it for my meals. I want to relate certain experiences I have had over the course of the past few years. I have systematically eliminated certain franchises from my choices and the options are getting smaller all the time. Contacting corporate offices do not seem to make a difference so I thought I'd write about it and the affect their mistakes have on my time and my opinion of them.

  2. tsmog profile image80
    tsmogposted 2 years ago

    Naming names is a big question. Do you mean the name of the business, product, or people? Other than that I suspect any negative reviews are subject to legal questions. There are things like defamation, slander, and libel to consider. I am no expert, so take everything I am saying with a grain of salt.

    1. MBurgess profile image88
      MBurgessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I would be using the restaurant name as I relate certain experiences I've had in their locations. I would also like to do a poll collecting other's similar situations. The piece is to criticize customer relations.

  3. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    Naming names is not bad as long as:
    A. what you say is true facts, not hearsay or unsubstantiated
    B. when you call them out on something, it is actually their fault and not a supplier or local owner
    C. naming people by name can become slander while naming a business and location with titles is less likely to cause issues while still making the point

    1. MBurgess profile image88
      MBurgessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I would not be people specifically it would be certain big name fast food outlets. Calling corporate offices doesn't do any good and I'd like to share my experiences with these types of situations.

  4. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago


    I believe your goal should be to write an "unbiased truthful" article.
    Whenever someone sets out to write a "negative" or even positive article they are likely to overlook anything that does not jell with their narrative. Illustrating both sides gives you the writer more credibility.
    For instance let's say you mentioned McDonalds but failed to state they offer a variety of salad choices, wraps, unsweetened tea, and they openly post the number of calories for sandwiches as well as combos allowing for their customers to make informed decisions.
    Essentially you would not have given your readers the full story.
    Last but not least you have to recognize that people eat whatever and wherever they want to eat but you might offer them so recommended choices/possible solutions to consider.
    You have to decide if the purpose of your article to help your readers or simply to slam the fast food industry.
    Are health food suppliers to blame in anyway?
    For example it would be interesting to see if fast food is so popular because "healthy food choices" are too expensive.
    An example might be organic tomatoes at $2.60 per lb versus a foot long hotdog and soda with (free refills) at Costco is $1.50.
    If you had $3 dollars in your wallet which would you buy and why?
    Are healthy food choices overpriced???

    1. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I just saw one of your comments stating your focus will be on customer service rather than the actual food.
      Customer service is very subjective because it depends on who serves you that determines your experience.
      Some of them hate their job!

    2. MBurgess profile image88
      MBurgessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, my article would highlight customer service not the food content. This week alone I visited three different restaurants and everyone of them screwed up my order. It is infuriating!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)