Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday Catblogging: ART AZ A THRET

While riding the bus a few weeks ago to and from work I noticed the phrase ART AS A THREAT spray-painted in a few places by the college. Oh, those edgy college kids with their local band stickers and graffiti stencils, out to educamate the world. It's so cute. Like a baby's first steps across the living room.

Yeah, once they realize they will starve and die by maintaining their principles they sell out eventually. It'll be years before they realize they have become just like their parents when they walk by that homeless guy without giving him a quarter. It's amusing to see them in later years decline to sign a ballot measure petition because it means they might have to re-register to vote and then be called to serve jury duty later.

I thought it would be interesting to take the message symbolizing their generational angst and pretentious dissatisfaction of a pop-culture they secretly embrace and co-opt it by making it cute, fluffy and Hallmark store marketable.

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2 comments:

  1. When I was in college, the phrase most used in this manner was Carpe Diem. Yeah, sieze the day, just like that one movie!

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  2. Yes, yes, that'll teach the whiny kids!
    If only you could cover each instance of graffiti with this image.

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