So for today's Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd resurrect an old post from my now defunct blog. That blog, the Paperbackbiter, would report on cheap books I bought at thrift stores. Turns out: 1) It takes a lot of time to read books, especially terrible ones, and 2) There is not a lot of audience for thrift-shopping (no tag-popping -- I paid full price of $.13 for this one) when it comes to yellowing, 30 year-old paperbacks.
Before you accuse me of recycling content (um, have you looked at your Twitter feed lately, Guy Kawasaki clone?), what I like about this post is that it is about a fairly simple failure to figure out audience. This book is really two books, and it can't decide how to pull its various messages together into a coherent form. That's why it probably ended up moldering in the bin in the Silver Center for a few decades.
The MoreBrainz Blog is about rhetoric. It's about thinking strategically about audience. It's about trying harder to do things that work. So perhaps it will be instructive to look closer at something that doesn't.
I've edited it just a bit, but left in all the dated Snuggie jokes, so there's that.....
- Hysterical women. (Really? Really?)
- Men clutching briefcases. (Gee, it's like Mad Men up there.)
- Loud drunks. (No word on whether or not the quiet alcoholics are okey dokey.)
- "Heavyset" people. (Again, really?????)
- Teenagers (!) who are a "bit irresponsible." (That's what you get for kicking my seat, you little $#!+")
- "Passengers with serious and debilitating physical impairments" (The authors at least have the decency to add an "unfortunately" here.)