Ironically enough, a twisted ankle would normally take seven weeks to heal. Yet Helen confidently insists that it was the product that healed her ankle and not her body natural healing process. There is no clear evidence that is provided and The Onion further mocks this fact by previously mentioning how “pseudoscience’s” guaranteed Mismanages’ effectiveness. This displays how an uninformed and stubborn consumer will believe in ridiculous claims so long as it cannot be proved false.
Throughout the usage, words such as “pseudoscience’s” and “Trigonometry’ are purposely used in order to exaggerate the testimonials of the product. Words such as “comforts”, “reflexology’, and “semi-plausible” reflect upon how easy it is for companies to manipulate consumers. It goes to show that some people are often fooled into belief from intelligent-sounding words that share a resemblance to modern scientific words. Furthermore, within this passage, a man named Geoff Dangles, advocates Mismanages since they are “clearly endorsed by an intelligent-looking man in a white lab coat.
By using the phrase “intelligent-looking man”, the article pokes fun at consumers who willingly believe information they are told as long as it comes from people who look certified. Not only does the diction show this but the hyperbolic tone also reflects this message as well. The tone of the passage challenges the mind of the reader as it affects the emotion and thought processes of the audience. Many readers will feel confused and amused at how silly these ads are. But with claims such as how the “healing power of crystals to re- template dead foot cells with vibration biofeedback… Process similar to that by which medicine makes people better” it displays a strikingly similarity for ads that claim similar things. It is obvious that the claim is false as such a process is impossible and not supported. Through this and many other ridiculous sentiments the Onion does a wonderful job in convincing the reader of the dangers of falsely believing in people’s statements. Oftentimes people are inclined to submit to the authority of an advertiser and lack the drive to look into stated facts that lack clear evidence.
This is a mistake on their part because most times, those people will be swindled of their money into buying worthless products. For example, a company that sells mystical healing pads, would claim that sticking them into certain places onto the body would make one healthier. This is how my father would fall for such a trick and pay 200$ to buy an unsupported product simply because he believed in the intelligent words that advertised it. One must never take things for granted because in society it is easy for deception to ruin a person’s day.