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Nowhere in the world - except in Islamic nations where deeply entrenched centuries-old religious dogma exists - has there been any kind of successful ban on alcohol advertising. Not even the Prohibition against its production and use was in any way successful. And, as long as alcohol exists, its promotion - including its advertising - will remain.
Cries (especially those that emanate from sycophantish adulation of the ruling dominus) for an end to advertising alcohol will be as futile as bans against tobacco advertising have been in reducing its use. Recent surveys by MIT, Pew and Ipsos (among numerous others) have shown that smoking is indeed increasing or remaining unchanged among youth at schools from Seattle and San Francisco to Singapore and Sydney.
As a recovering alcoholic (13 years sober and an equal time without smokes), I carry no candle for either alcohol or tobacco. But I do carry mountainous torches for freedom of choice and of speech. I have sympathy for Motsoaledi's sense of futility in the face of alcohol abuse, but puerile and ill-advised authoritarianism, the knee-jerk response of the ANC, is not the answer. And if both he and Mncube diverted more resources to research into abuse patterns in all their kaleidoscopic complexity, the world might make some progress. Posted on 26 Apr 2013 13:28
Ann's points seem so common-sense they beg the question why it is even necessary to reiterate them again ... until we look around and see how many companies have and continue to squander their reservoirs of trust. Those brands then spend years afterwards stumbling around in the blind hubris of thinking their brand is still trusted. This is the arrogance of Vodacom, Telkom, Eskom, Absa, Standard Bank, City of Joburg, Discovery Health and many others who simply have not woken to the reality that they have lost consumer trust. Such roadhogs on the highway of daily life need to be pulled off and re-take their driver's licenses. Posted on 22 Apr 2013 16:08
Both MWeb's and Telkom"s promises are nothing but hot air in a hurricane. Whatever slight benefit there might be in lower prices is trebly nullified by their conitied abysmal client service levels. We've repeatedly called to enquire about their services. More than a week later neither has even shown the common courtesy of returning a call. Hey, you two morons, service always has and always will beat lower prices!! Posted on 1 Feb 2013 12:39
Bravo on your brave expose, Marion. Conference organisers have participated in a huge scam for more than 25 years now, and (despite Philip's plea to the contrary) value for money has been an issue since the mid-1980s. For Philip to contend "we often pay speakers" is clearly disingenuous and, given the grossly disproportionate fees levied, not to pay speakers is a rip-off. Walter's point about the vast number of of excellent - if costly for organisers - speakers out there is borne out by the highly successful and great ROI conferences and seminars organised privately or on a much smaller scale. Posted on 3 Oct 2012 16:21
Chris, I often wonder what the thinking is behind military jargon. Assuming it has little value as a code (after all, by now, any movie buff knows "the package" is the target and "boots on the ground" means the troops have landed), is it really as asinine as it sounds? Does this kind of blather fulfil a role to minimise misunderstanding radio messages? Posted on 24 Aug 2012 15:00
To lay folks like I is this reads & sounds like gibberish cleverly contrived to make it all as inaccessible as possible - kinda like linguistic razor-wire. But then again this is after all the woefully inept and utterly useless Icasa isn't it? Posted on 17 Aug 2012 20:55