Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It ain't over till the fat guy slings...

I write this post in honor of the latest Dr. Phil prime-time special, which itself airs in honor of the end of May sweeps, tonight at 8 Eastern. This time around, Dr. Phil focuses not on fixing Paula Abdul's love life or horrifying the parents of some poor 9-year-old* by telling them he's destined to become the next Jeff Dahmer, but rather the damaging role of addictions in people's lives. Which, in turn, leaves me wondering if McGraw will cover people who've become foolishly addicted to him and his banal preachments.

Anyway, I figure this also gives me license to revisit Dr. Phil's Love Smart.** Those of you who are new to this blog can catch up by clicking here and following the trail as noted.

The "Marilyn R. Barry" review reappeared for the umpteenth time on April 30 and continues its inglorious tradition of piling up positive feedback votes at an astonishing pace; as I write this, "her" review boasts a perfect 24-for-24 rating. To put that in context, no other Love Smart review posted since mid-April has elicited more than 11 feedback votes (and no more than 5 positive ones). I've said it before and I'll say it again: I still can't believe that Amazon looks the other way while this (and other idiosyncratic nonsense) takes place on the Love Smart page day after day, week after week, month after month....

* as well as his more serious-minded peers in the field of psychotherapy.
** Hey, Rodg, I held out for as long as I could.

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