Verizon’s so-called “policy blog” is a grotesquely self-serving marketing orifice, perhaps the worst corporate blog we’ve ever read. We decided to stack Verizon’s inane sales schmaltz against the internet’s preeminent bullshit-spewing chatbot, SmarterChild….
Former Consumerist Editor Joel Johnson takes to task so-called “bleeding edge” consumer electronic mavens, and the bloggers that feed them tripe. In a recent screed, he advises waiting for the early adopters to make the pricey mistakes for you, “before taking a modest plunge.”
Stop buying this crap. Just stop it. You don’t need it. Wait a year until the reviews come out and the other suckers too addicted to having the very latest and greatest buy it, put up a review, and have moved on to something else. Stop buying broken products and then shrugging your shoulders when it doesn’t do what it is supposed to. Stop buying products that serve any other master than you. Use older stuff that works. Make it yourself. Only buy new stuff from companies that have proven themselves good servants of their customers in the past. Complaining online about this stuff helps, but really, just stop buying it.
Unlike other media covering the shows, these commentators are in the awkward position of reviewing their own suppliers — and their aim is more to boost sales rather than offer impartial critique.
Does it work? Absolutely. When Downing links his comments to specific merchandise the store sees a “sales bump” that exceeds expectations, according to a Neiman Marcus spokesperson. As shady as Ken is, least he’s honest about his identity and job function as he lavishes his purple prose on nearly everything he sees.
A new European directive bans businesses from creating fake blogs, or posting positive reviews about themselves without revealing their identity.
The lucky golden shit awards for the best flog of 2006 have arrived!
Escada’s new fragrance has a fake reality show to go along with it, and our tipster sends along some flogs being written “as” the characters in the fake reality show. Can’t wait to read the online ramblings of three “young, rich, beautiful women” and the “striking soft-hearted artist and the heir to his family’s fortune,” that Escada just happened to send on vacation so they could film it? You’re in luck.
Based on reader votes, we anoint Sony’s Alliwantforxmasisapsp as the best flog of 2006.
UPDATE: Results are in!
Since nobody should be allowed to move on from their mistakes, we’re holding a knife fight to see who had the “best” flog of 2006. We are pleased to announce… The Floggies.
Sony stripped the PSP flog from the internet this afternoon.
Reader Nolen decided to harass/contact Greg Meyerkord , the guy whose name appears on the PSP flog domain registration….
UPDATE: The 807 comments that were on the Dancing Petey video, after the jump.
We found the Myspace profiles for most of the the marketing douchebags who appear on the PSP flog, pretending that they are kids who want their parents to buy them a PSP for Christmas.
We’re a day late and a dollar short to this story, but the forces of the internet outed a marketing company working for Sony for creating fake PSP blog.