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Old 06-05-2014, 14:24   #76
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Re: Has 'Boosterism' Become Rampant in Sailing Media?

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all you are seeing is the death throes of the print medium.
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But the issues exist in all mediums. Web publishing and it's advertising relationship is still evolving. It's part direct ads and part rotating content related third party advertising.

Any publisher who doesn't have a migration plan today for print to web and/or digital, is facing a blockbuster death. Personally, we get all our magazines digitally. Some types of print are doing well. The grocery racks have to have something for you to buy before checking out. Certain specialty local publishing.
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.....Would a US magazine publish something attacking a vendor? .....
That is the point! Magazines should not attack no media should attack. They should be objective. For example- don't say it points like a barge, instead provide the polars. But then do so for all reviews. No one has ever gotten in trouble for fair and consistent reporting of facts.

On a much smaller price-scale when I subscribed to Sea Kayaker they published the stability curve of boats they reviewed. This data together with the capacity, weight and dimensions as well as some subjective comments on the kayak gave a good picture of the boat. While the subjective comments rarely say anything negative, and the builder was given an opportunity to rebut the review. But since it was/and still is "the" magazine for the sport, builder subjected themselves to the review. Regardless of the subjective comments, simply reading the hard numbers could quickly tell a competent reader if a boat was tender unless it carried at least 2-300 pounds of weight. Or based on the length to weight that it had a thin fiberglass layup.

There does not appear to be any reason any magazine that reviewed sailboats could not add the relevant objective criteria to their review.

Just appears to be an absence of fortitude.
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precession
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Interesting comparison. Taking off in an orthogonal direction to both the force and the spin ...
Orthogonal!?

What exactly does a weed control product have to do with a parade??
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precession?

Interesting comparison. Taking off in an orthogonal direction to both the force and the spin ...
Thanks Andrew...missed that autocorrect
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There does not appear to be any reason any magazine that reviewed sailboats could not add the relevant objective criteria to their review.

Just appears to be an absence of fortitude.
As to review of the boats themselves, you can easily be critical without malice. Honestly, I think it would help greatly to give the pros and cons, to tell what a boat's strengths and weaknesses are. And if you tell me a boat has no weakness as most reviews tend to do, then I know it's a puff review. What is wrong with saying something like this: "Their 29' is a great day sailor and great for long range cruising by a couple. However, the guest accommodations are very tight and we would not recommend this boat for a family of four. We'd suggest their 34' in that case." And what is wrong with something like, "Overall a well performing boat. However, we've heard of many problems with their Brand ABC autopilot and would caution readers in that regard."

And I don't see sailboat manufacturer's being offended by such as that. Then the magazine serves as a better tool for buyers. As to something like the autopilot comment, if the manufacturer changes vendors or can convince you there's been improvement then post something like this: "As a follow up to our Brand Z 29' review in November and our criticism of the Brand ABC autopilot, we have been notified by Brand Z that they have switched to Brand DEF autopilots now. We have not tested their boat since the change."

It's not just fortitude. It's business savvy. The review isn't going to completely condemn a boat in all likelihood and, if a manufacturer is that bad, does a quality magazine really want them as an advertiser.

When it comes to equipment, I see no reason not to be honest. But then I think magazines should have the fortitude to dump unethical or dishonest vendors pushing bad products and not standing behind them. You do have that right. In fact, maybe that's where you find out more about a magazine, by the advertisements they've turned down.

Of course all this is simply my opinion and the publishers aren't going to change. The publisher of the small magazine we own was threatened verbally and in writing by a seller of a male erectile dysfunction supplement for refusing his ad which made outlandish claims. Well, he's now out of business. The FDA found the supplement illegally included prescription drugs. They were claiming it worked just as well as Viagra. Well, duh, it included the same medication as Viagra.

My views differ with many. Perhaps if I tried to hold to them publishing a major magazine I'd fail miserably and be out of business quickly. That we'll never know.
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