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Gotta love the junk mail The art of hype pervades advertising of all kinds You can see it everywhere you go Its characterized by its extensive use of exclamation points big words powerful colors and giant pictures Youre sure to see several trademark symbols and percentages that they claim you will save What they hide are the details which are quite often exceptions to their claims and end up rendering their savings miniscule These details are usually confined to fine print which they expect no one to read No where is hype more prevalent and indeed necessary than in junk mail The very fact that hype is so prevalent says a lot about the reader of junk mail It implies that they have a short attention span and are unconcerned and unconvinced by details they are emotionally driven However much of it can probably be attributed to the desensitization against the effects of junk mail Even the pictures they show have a lot to say about what they imply their audience is like Perhaps the single most distinguishing quality of hype in junk mail is the typesetting Its designed to catch the eye The words are usually big huge in fact telling you who they are and what theyre selling Anything that can be grasped at a quick glance that will catch the eye and that will present the product in an attractive light will be displayed in big bold letters These arent designed to inform you of their product as such information can more easily and efficiently be presented in plain normal-sized fonts Such dry and boring information though in fact more informative is confined to fine print The typesetting is almost always rampant with exclamation points since they are probably the single most effective symbol to represent excitement and is therefore eye-catching Similarly large fonts boldface print and capital letters also seem to imply excitement so theyre also used Since every idea
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