Truth in advertising, I seem to remember, is a campaign put on now and then by various lobby groups to try and get the major concerns to be honest about the products they are selling. It’s a campaign which hits the headlines now and then, which makes for good programs about hidden sugar, salt, work practices and all but which, when we are honest, will never, ever really happen. I guess we all just love the idea of Grannies Cookies being made by hand in some small rural kitchen by an old lady and her exceptionally attractive daughter. Factory production just doesn’t sell quite as well.
And truth in personal advertising? Of courser we all expect it here too; reading a personal advert from someone who is looking for a partner, seeking the love of their lives or, on a simpler level, just looking for someone to write too.
I came across a wonder advert for friendship today, well written, clear and precise. The young woman who wrote it will undoubtedly find someone to write to, how long it will last is another matter entirely. And even so I was amused by what she wrote because the honesty, about her studies, her plans, her interests, seemed to be almost at odds with one another. Almost to be a contradiction. She wrote:
I’m studying for a BA/BSc (Honours) in Criminology and Psychological Studies, then onto a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology & Criminology and possibly a PhD. I am also a volunteer pet bereavement counsellor for the Blue Cross
and I tried to put the idea of a criminal psychologist together with a grief counsellor. I guess it must work, providing those who have lost their pet don’t know that the young woman helping them get over their loss is working to clear up crime through cutting up bodies and the like!
Love & Kisses, Viki.