Does The American Spectator Still Run Those Ads for Mail-Order Brides?

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The magazines you read "don't say that much about you," writes Ana Marie Cox. "What says more about you: The ads that appear in the magazines you read." Examples follow.

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  1. Try gun magazines. Ads for commerative gold coins that are not currency, Bradford Exchange crud, limited run special edition guns of fill in the blank, and in the back, ads for your very own, lonely Russian wife. They’re painting their readers as wackos!

  2. When I read Forbes magazines, which is…well, once, I recall lots of ads for meaningless and badly done ads for flashy material goods that offer no real substance whatsoever. Watches, stuff like that.

    Wow, you really can tell alot about the audience of a magazine by looking at the ads…

    Why, if I didn’t know better, Oprah magazine (Dr Phil and Susie Orman! woohoo!) is read by a bunch of people who are obsessed with fashion trends and who are rediculously insecure about their weight and how they look.

    Well, I guess it isn’t a foolproof system…

  3. Just because I read Reason, it doesn’t mean I have sexual dysfunction. Frustration, maybe.

  4. If I do most of my periodical reading online, does that mean the pop-up ads tell a lot about me? Christ, I must be pretty annoying.

  5. That’s ridiculous. By that logic, I must love beer and women in bikinis…

  6. Does that mean I have to start reading women’s mags? Those things always have hot chicks in them.

  7. What’s up with all the “buy gold” ads in right wing magazines? Is it the oncoming collapse of civilization? I though good righties didn’t imminantize the eschaton.

  8. Gold is a good hedge against a broad equity market downturn, as it tends to move in the opposite direction of the broad equity market. Then again, so do T-Bonds and T-Notes…

  9. joe,

    My guess is that a lot of those will be going away once Charles Taylor is gone. Won’t Pat Robertson be sad.

  10. Oh yeah. Load up on gold, guns, and Spam, and ride out the collapse of civilization from your compound in Idaho. It’s quite a theme in certain right circles, although a little dated at this point. (It was really big in the 80s).

  11. Forgot to point out that the gold is for buying stuff once the monetary system collapses and paper money is worthless. Although hopefully your compound will be pretty self-sufficient, you’ll probably need to barter a bit for ammo, whiskey, wives, etc.

  12. I’ve noticed that the ad on the back of a magazine tend to be a good indication of its politics. Leftist publications tend to have Amensty Internaitonal, or wildlife fund ads and the like, where conservative publications will have the NRA or something commemorating a war. Moderate magazines tended to be more mainstream and comercial, with Dell, Toyota, etc.

  13. Hmm…what about those goofy ads w/ Alan Thicke in the print version of Reason?

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