Oh, yes. Covert bowling spam. It’s out there.
We get many requests every week to promote some product or another, with promises of cash or gifts attached. We don’t take the bait; it only rewards the desperate hucksters who would turn the Internet into some base arena for self-promotion at the expense of honest ideas. What? What did you say? Oh, all right: it only rewards the desperate hucksters who would turn the entire Internet into some base arena for self-promotion at the expense of honest ideas.
On occasion, I see a blog spam solicitation that’s so outrageous, or just so plain cute, that I’ve got to share it. Here’s one:
Is that really what the Elite looks like these days? No wonder Occupy couldn’t catch ’em at their game; they were down at the bowling alley in t-shirts and Gothic wear.
How would you go about integrating a review of bowling shoes into Irregular Times? I’m not saying it couldn’t be done, but the task would require some creativity.
By the way, if you don’t think that this kind of appeal happens in “professional” publishing, just crack open a magazine. It’s everywhere. No one paid me to say that, though.