Yesterday when I was flipping through the television channels, I noticed that Amway had bought some airtime for the NFL games and put on some highly stylized commercials (I also noticed a huge spike in traffic for this site; quick note, this site is in the top ten for a Google search of "Amway Global"--take that, Amway). Getting NFL fans to sell expensive soap? Whatever.
This gives me an opportunity to discuss how the Internet can thwart scams. Many people who saw the commercial did a Google search of "Amway" or "Amway Global" and saw the official Amway site as well as critical sites (not to pat myself on the back but I deserve a lot of credit for pushing critical but fair sites about Amway to the top of Google searches by starting an anti-Amway googlebomb). Information is the enemy of totalistic organizations such as Amway (for more on this, read my post on the Internet versus totalistic movements).
Let me conclude by telling potential Amway distributors about myself and sending a warning. I have opposed totalistic movements such as Amway and Sun Myung Moon's Unification movement. As far as I'm concerned, you are free to join Amway, but all I ask is that you read both positive and critical assessments of the company. I have more about this in my welcome message to readers of this blog.
UPDATE: I checked on my Statcounter stats for this site and noticed that someone from Alticor (the parent company of Amway Global) was checking out this post:
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