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The Con Goes On …

Back in March I wrote that APAC Insider Magazine had nominated Cynic for an Australian award, despite us ceasing to be a legal entity in 2010.

Well, today I got an email telling me ‘we were still in the running’ and they would be sending details for the award decision and ceremony.

Of course it’s all a load of bollocks, but imagine if you were a small company and thought you were honestly up for an award, you’d probably do whatever they asked because when you’re starting out, you’re continually looking for anything that reaffirms your decision to go it alone.

As I’ve written before, starting your own company is one of the best things you can ever do, but the journey – especially at the beginning – is incredibly fragile and this sort of thing has the potential to bring it all down.

Of course, there’s an argument it could also lift some people up … but if you win an award from a magazine who wants to nominate a company that died 7 years ago, you have to ask if the ‘award’ is something you really want to be associated with.

So, given these fuckers are exploiting the insecurity of small businesses, I’ve decided to give them a taste of their own medicine.

Sure, I’m going to continue going along with their ‘award’ – mainly because I’m genuinely interested to see how far their con goes on – but I’m going to do something else.

I can’t go into specifics right now, but let’s just say APAC Insider Magazine have received an email announcing their nomination for the International Magazine Publishers ‘Promotion of the Year’ and we’re going to see how they like a taste of their own medicine.


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So you’ve lied to a company that lies. Is that what you’re saying? Hey, I’m not knocking it, it’s the best thing you’ve done for years and you know what they say about 2 wrongs. Though in this case, I don’t know what the “right” is they should create.

Comment by DH

the right is they both fucking disappear forever.

Comment by andy@cynic


Comment by Billy Whizz

for once i like the way youre fucking thinking.

Comment by andy@cynic

If cynic wins, will you share the prize? Who am I kidding.

Comment by DH

how could you even fucking ask that. have you forgotten what the fuck youre dealing with.

Comment by andy@cynic

Ignore Andy, of course I will Dave*.

* But only if the prize is worth less than $3.

Comment by Rob

Nothing changes Rob.

Comment by DH

vindictive campbell is a much better campbell.
i get its hard to be like that because you live like a fucking prince these days so im grateful for those lying fucks at apac insider for making you more enjoyable for once and showing how far youve fucking fallen into mediocrity niceness.

Comment by andy@cynic

There’s quite a bunch of it coming out these days. Who knows, you might actually start to like me again. Maybe.

Comment by Rob

you are fucking delusional.

Comment by andy@cynic

Mischievous to the end Robert.

Comment by Lee Hill

It’s all I’ve got Lee.

Comment by Rob

Chief Mischief Officer. Now there’s a title worth putting on a card.

Comment by Ian Gee

G’day. We’re award-nominated promotion experts and think your readers would get great value-add from our knowledge. For a reasonable fee of $10, 000 we’d be happy to provide a guest post or two. You know it makes sense mate.

Comment by APAC Insider Magazine

That sounds amazing. I’m so lucky. Thank you …

Comment by Rob


Comment by Marcus Brown

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