Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Kicking the puppy
Several people commented about my "marketing strategy" -- buy my book or I'll kick this puppy. So far no death threats have come my way, but it occurred to me that many of my readers may not get the joke. I was referring back to a famous moment in journalism when the National Lampoon ran this cover:
2011: the image alone makes some people remember the original caption, so it's useful for editorial cartoonists to depict blackmail situations.
For everybody who was a journalist, or a journalism aficionado, in the 70s, the meme has a great deal of staying power and requires no explanation. My nostalgia overwhelmed my common sense, which should have reminded me that not everybody was a journalism aficionado in the 70s. And animal lovers should note that I threatened only to kick the puppy, not shoot it.
I still want you to buy the book.