[FoRK] Radical Honesty

Bill Kearney wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 5 10:42:59 PST 2012

Well, much like Godwin's law, there ought to be some sort of trigger for 
when 'advertising' and 'truth' are mentioned in the same context.

Perhaps there's been too much avoidance of the "truth" as a result of 
"political correctness" and "fairness" nonsense.  The truth, as they say, 
hurts.  Too many folks have gotten themselves wrapped up in silly notions 
about making everything all safe and wonderful.  Plainly ignoring the 
reality of life otherwise.  Thus nonsense like "radical honesty" gains some 
traction.   After all, how do you counter the vitriolic responses of the PC 
crowd without going to equal extremes?  The whole thing has become a 
shouting match with little room left in the middle for reasonable dialog.

Me, I've always espoused applying the painful truth when necessary.  Not 
always popular, but certainly not 'radical'.   As in, yes this product 
sucks, but have we got a marketing plan that upsells around the suckage? 
Want to see marketing people squirm?  They're tiny little heads explode when 
you make them think that way.  Advertising people, on the other hand, fully 
accept the notion and immediately set about devising clever ways to win 
awards for working around it.  I'm not sure which I loathe more...


-----Original Message----- 

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING comes to mind....

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM, Bill Kearney <wkearney99 at hotmail.com>wrote:

> The saying "two wrongs don't make a right" comes to mind...
> How about just plain old honesty?  Without all the bullshit?
> -----Original Message-----
>> Yeah, but maybe Radical Honesty has its place, especially as a counter to
>> newspeak.

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