Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Clarification. I think.

What appears to have happened is that Amazon has implemented some sort of filter that intercepts my reviews so that they can be "blessed" (by whom, I wonder) before they're posted. This is definitely something new. Again tonight I attempted to post a review, for Wayne Dyer's latest book, Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling, and it's nowhere to be found on the book's page, despite the passage of several hours.

I wouldn't mind, if Amazon showed the same degree of caution and fairness in dealing with other reviews and reviewers. Because in that case, at least half the positive reviews for Love Smart wouldn't be there...and the two "spotlight reviews" for SHAM might be altogether different...

FAIRLY STARTLING P.S. No sooner did I finish typing the above paragraph about "fairness" than a Truly Astonishing Event occurred on the Love Smart page: A 1-star review has been elevated to "spotlight" status. Yes, you read that right. Among other things, the "real name" reviewer, "Cindy Brock," who describes hersef as a "writer, decorator, entrepreneur," says, "The last time I checked, a relationship was between 2 people: not one person trying to manipulate the other.... [T]his book only magnifies the problem of why men are stuck between a rock and a hard spot when it comes to woman. (Maybe this is why all the gorgeous guys are gay! LOL!) ... [W]hile I have generally liked Dr. Phil for a long time, I agree that this onslaught of books is just too much.... I also believe that trying to play 'therapist' in written form does not work for a lot of people [Ed. note: Kudos to you for making that observation, Cindy!] and probably does society a disservice [Ed. note: Kudos again!] Reading a book is a 1-way communication and, in this case, the communication is Dr. Phil telling you what to do, with no opportunity for you to ask questions or get additional help.... It's unfortunate that his books seem to be getting worse and worse.... [I]f this is the trend, we need to just stick with what has worked before!"

1 comment:

acd said...

Amazing, indeed. It's good that Amazon has displayed both points of view on its Love Smart page. Now let's just see how long that one-star review stays in the spotlight...