Sunday, January 15, 2006

Fifteenth time's a charm?

Hey, there's this new, glowing review of Love Smart up on the Amazon page for Dr. Phil's latest book today. It's by someone named...let me see here..."Dr. Marilyn R. Barry" of Minneapolis....

6 comments:

acd said...

I guess they ran out of good things to say about Phil's book, so people decided to write a "review" and complain why they are single?? Two reviews posted today by "Real Name" reviewers, Paul Maddams and V G. Stossel, both give Love Smart four stars, yet mention nothing of the book, only that they are single "nice guys" who can't get women. And Amazon allows these to be posted? This is getting worse, instead of better.

Steve Salerno said...

My thoughts exactly, ACD. It's like it's turning into a chat board or discussion group or whatever. And you're also correct in suggesting that Amazon does not, as a rule, permit this kind of free-form philosophizing with regard to other books... And it certainly won't permit it in a NEGATIVE sense, with regard to Dr. Phil's book!

Anonymous said...

You two are failing to appreciate the entrepreneurial and enterprising spirit of the two single guys! What better place to advertise your availability than on a page presumably frequented by desperate single women? These guys deserve kudos--in the cynicism department if nothing else!

Steve Salerno said...

Good point. I guess in today's consumerist society, you advertise your wares wherever you can. But let's face it...does a woman really wanna be with a guy who takes his cues from DR. PHIL?? (Regrettably, I think the answer is...yes.)

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading "Sham" (one of my Christmas presents). Was wondering Steve, how you felt about the whole Sylvia Browne topic. I agree with your comments regarding the questionable medical advice she freely gives out. Are these paranormal specialists really gifted? And if they are, should they be charging a pretty penny for their services?

Steve Salerno said...

Re Sylvia Browne et al: I go back and forth on that one. James Randi and some of the other leading voices of the skeptic movement don't give an ounce of credence to psychics and others from the land of the paranormal. Me? I don't know. I've heard so many reports (admittedly anecdotal, but compelling) about psychics brought in to help with stalled criminal investigations, who ended up breaking the case. (How would a psychic know that a body was located near a certain tree, near a certain dam, in a state where the murder victim had never been known to visit? Kind of a coincidence, isn't it? Unless the psychic killed the person...)

Again, though, the key question--the thing I tried to keep in focus throughout SHAM--is cost-effectiveness. What are the ODDS you'll be helped by a psychic, and how much will it cost? More to the point, for every psychic who can find a body near a dam in a city that a person has never been known to visit, there are probably 10,000 fortune-tellers, palm readers, telephone psychics and others who are out-and-out frauds. And they prey on people. How do you know who's who?