True lies

July 11, 2007 at 3:33 pm (annoying, news&media)

I have a big thing against lies. I hate them. I despise them. Lies are the worst things ever. Ok, ok, of course I’ve lied in my life so I’m not really taking the moral high ground.
What I am doing, however, is being pissed off if a magazine cover barker says one thing and the inside says another.
Knowing how magazines work obviously gives me a different perspective and way of looking at things. But under NO circumstances should you lie about what is on your cover. I’m a consumer too and I hate being lied to.
People spend money on that magazine dammit. And this is where I get pissed off: When I buy a magazine that has lied to me on the cover, making me fork out unnecessary cash, I am not impressed.
It’s not that difficult really – be honest so your readers can trust you and buy you again. Lie to them, piss them off and they’ll go running in the opposite direction.
You don’t need a degree to understand that.



  1. MrsM said,

    WHO WHO WHO???????
    I’ve read mags that didn’t talk about what they said they would on the cover. Or worse, huge ass posters on lampposts with not a SINGLE story about the poster in the newspaper.

  2. tbhanks said,

    First, a qualifier: I don’t normally read diet stories. They’re pathetic. That’s why I looked at this one – to see what dumb idea they came up with.
    Ok, that said. They say on the cover “lose three kgs” moerse big font and everything. Inside, at the bottom of the page, there’s a little disclaimer: You will lose three kilograms if you need to lose 13kgs or more”.
    So, if you’re 13kgs overweight, you’ll lose the three. But you need a friggin magnifying glass to see that disclaimer…oe, dit maak my kwaad!

  3. MrsM said,

    haai jinne…an oversized font(pun intended) would have helped

  4. MrsM said,

    I soema don’t want to read that rubbish ever again! I think I need some chocolate. Without wafer.

  5. Toby Hanks said,

    ok, there’s a devil in wordpress. I just posted the comment above about rubbish reading and chocolates without wafers, not Mrs M. Sorry ouense.

  6. Mrs M said,

    watgaanaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan????fuckit wordpress,get your act together…oh no…its the coming of BLOG.

  7. Batman5172 said,

    this is a very confused title Toby, ons moet bid vir hulle ;o)

  8. Toby Hanks said,

    I am confused Batman. Always a bietjie confused.

  9. Batman5172 said,

    the mag your talking about man

  10. tbhanks said,

    Ooooohhhh, see, told you I’m confused. Ja, hulle is confused en ek sal dit nie weer lees nie!

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