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2012-07-18 03:51:34 PM  
10 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

Wow. Guy sounds like kind of a dick. "I can see it, so it's mines!!!"

Jackass.


If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.

I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.
2012-07-18 02:57:48 PM  
10 votes:
My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
2012-07-18 06:38:55 PM  
4 votes:

RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.


F*ck all the haters in this thread. That quote is AWESOME.
2012-07-18 03:57:41 PM  
4 votes:

RembrandtQEinstein: If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.


I don't know that I consider all advertisement quite that much of an affront, but I still agree with Banksy's statement.
It never fails to make me smile when I see fashion ads with mustaches or other little snarky poster-defacements. Consumer culture should be mocked, and frequently. It helps us keep proper perspective.
2012-07-18 03:24:44 PM  
4 votes:
Kids at the opening ceremony have been told to either wear unbranded or Adidas trainers

I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.

Seriously, I wish I was living in London - I'd be driving these guys around to put these posters up. The Olympic Zones deserve to be defaced with Burger King and Pepsi logos, just to piss off the official sponsors.
2012-07-19 12:33:02 AM  
2 votes:

Onkel Buck: Since Im broke all the time I don't really care of someone is always trying to sell me something. The joke is on them


That might be but advertisers are trying as hard as they can using every psychological coercion including outright lying to make you feel like shiat for being broke. And if that doesn't work they are still manipulating the people who do have influence over you, your wife, your kids, your parents, your friends. And now your wife and kids resent you because you aren't willing to kiss ass to or sell your soul to make more money to buy them the useless shiat that is advertised everywhere. Your parents are constantly ragging on you for not trading up your perfectly functional but older car because it doesn't have newer "safety" features. You can't hang out with your friends because most of them can't grasp the concept that you can have fun without spending any money. So even if you aren't personally affected by advertising it is lowering the quality of your life for the purpose of selling useless crap.

And even if none of that is the case the advertisers feel it is perfectly acceptable to jump in your face and say "hey look at me" everywhere you go. If it were up to them you would never have any peace, you would never have a single thought that wasn't about a brand or product, and there wouldn't be a square inch of public space that wasn't bought and sold and covered with a logo.

I predict that future generations will look upon our tolerance of advertising with the same mixture of pity and contempt that we look at previous generations' tolerance of slavery.

Of course there is hope. Since augmented reality is getting better and better it looks like within our lifetime we will see a meatspace adblock. Then we the people can take back our senses from the advertisers who conspire to use them against us.
2012-07-18 08:27:18 PM  
2 votes:

ParaHandy: Johnnyflash: ParaHandy: Johnnyflash: Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.

They're not illegal or anything. However .....

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

For parochial Americans those prices are in British pence per litre, so 140.9 equates to US$8.33 per US gallon .... we don't need a gas guzzler tax, it's built into the pump :)

If it's a Vauxhall (GM UK) car with a V8 it's probably imported from Holden (GM Australia)

/ 8 cylinders good, 2 turbos better ... my V6 car is quicker than any muscle car ever built if there are corners involved

Lol, it does have a GM/Pontiac look so that makes sense. I imagine there are not alot of those on the streets in the UK. My V6 Infiniti does fine for me, but I was surprised at how well my brother's Pontiac GXP corners.

I was shamelessly trolling for muscle car fans ... there is no law that says you can't build an American car that goes round corners, it just simply wasn't a priority until very recently. You don't need good handling to do a traffic light race, and in some cases it can negatively impact traction.

The V6 car in question below .... the only American production car that can keep up on a track is a Corvette ZR-1 :)

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Sure there is no law about American cars and cornering, but most US built cars seem to comply with this non-existant law anyway. Here in Australia (where our national saloon racing series is run on complicated tracks, often roads, and never ovals, we have mastered building American style cars which can actually corner really well. NASCAR fans will be well aware that Marcos Ambrose tends to finish mid-field on ovals but well up front on road tracks. Think of this car as being the vehicular equivalent. And if it resembles a Pontiac GTO from a few years ago, it's because they were also built here in Oz.
2012-07-18 05:06:01 PM  
2 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: What kind of derp is this? The sky's still there. Just because you can't see it from a particular angle means shiat. By that illogic, your house is blocking the sky behind it and thus "stealing the sky from everyone who walks by". fark, you "steal scenery" by stepping between me and whatever.


I don't know about this. There have been plenty of lawsuits regarding house building and views. They concern property value, quality of life, "hey-i-paid-for-this-view" sort of thing...
2012-07-18 04:27:47 PM  
2 votes:
Poncy gits. You can't trademark a year.
2012-07-18 03:57:28 PM  
2 votes:

RembrandtQEinstein: I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.


www.jnack.com

what looking through google glass may look like

/Google Adsense: "it appears that you're all out of bubble gum"
2012-07-18 03:10:38 PM  
2 votes:

DammitIForgotMyLogin: [i50.tinypic.com image 670x549]


the gold ring is missing... why do I have to know that detail?
2012-07-18 03:04:37 PM  
2 votes:
Commercial speech has never been free speech. It is the most regulated form of communication, but in the past an advertiser saying something trademarked like "Olympics" or "Super Bowl" in an ad when they are not an official sponsor has only been a civil offense. It looks like the UK has made it a criminal offense. That is way over the top!
2012-07-18 02:55:07 PM  
2 votes:

MrEricSir: The last one was kinda funny, but this was very "meh" overall.

Why do so many billboard hijackers have such a bland sense of humor?


Because we're not dealing with humorous situations, here?
2012-07-18 02:53:25 PM  
2 votes:
One of them, Bill Posters, has previous form, having created the image of Wayne Rooney carrying shopping bags, with the slogan "Just Loot It" in the wake of the riots of last summer.

B-b-but...
img521.imageshack.us
2012-07-18 02:51:33 PM  
2 votes:

xanadian: BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!

I was wondering the same thing.

Any of you Brits have insight into this? Seems kind of ...weird to me.


images.wikia.com

/it was a warning, not a blueprint
2012-07-18 09:24:54 AM  
2 votes:
How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!
2012-07-18 08:18:02 PM  
1 vote:

Johnnyflash: Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.


The vehicles are built and exported out of my home town of Adelaide, South Australia. Their engines are built in the US. The UK's (and in fact most of the world's) favourite car show Top Gear loved them.
2012-07-18 08:08:16 PM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

F*ck all the haters in this thread. That quote is AWESOME.


I don't think its that we're "haterz" so much as we aren't 13 years old anymore. Impotently lashing out against all things "corporate" is a lot of fun until you have bills to pay.
2012-07-18 08:07:41 PM  
1 vote:
Sao Paulo has banned this crap for years.

Also, Bill Hicks.
2012-07-18 08:04:45 PM  
1 vote:

ArcadianRefugee: RembrandtQEinstein: If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem.

You're right. But, since I didn't, I am not quite sure why you are voicing that hypothetical.

What I did say was that just because you can see it doesn't make it yours.

The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it.

True; do what you want with the sky behind it.

When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by.

What kind of derp is this? The sky's still there. Just because you can't see it from a particular angle means shiat. By that illogic, your house is blocking the sky behind it and thus "stealing the sky from everyone who walks by". fark, you "steal scenery" by stepping between me and whatever.

When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

More derp. I'm beginning to get the feeling you really needn't worry about anyone stealing what you obviously lack.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear.

Bullshiat. 1000 times "bullshiat". Your comparison is so full of fail I am not sure where to begin. However, let me just say that if seeing an ad startles you into a momentary "fight/flight" check, you need better meds.

[snip: more derp]

Holy shiat, you're an idiot.


You sound like you work in Advertising.
2012-07-18 05:30:55 PM  
1 vote:
i26.photobucket.com
2012-07-18 05:21:23 PM  
1 vote:

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Kinda funny/unfortunate that they choose a "flaming" picture for their Climate Change message, seeing as how it's been raining every day in London for about the last 18 months. Maybe should have had Big Ben under water or something instead.


Link

ParaHandy: Johnnyflash: Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.

They're not illegal or anything. However .....

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

For parochial Americans those prices are in British pence per litre, so 140.9 equates to US$8.33 per US gallon .... we don't need a gas guzzler tax, it's built into the pump :)

If it's a Vauxhall (GM UK) car with a V8 it's probably imported from Holden (GM Australia)

/ 8 cylinders good, 2 turbos better ... my V6 car is quicker than any muscle car ever built if there are corners involved


£1.40.9p per litre was about 3-6 months ago. It's down to around £1.30.9 now. Still frigging expensive though.

No point in getting a big gas guzzling engine for driving around London. The average speed (overall) you'll be driving would be around 5-10mph.
2012-07-18 05:17:27 PM  
1 vote:

Great Porn Dragon: Smeggy Smurf: farkeruk: Kids at the opening ceremony have been told to either wear unbranded or Adidas trainers

I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.

Seriously, I wish I was living in London - I'd be driving these guys around to put these posters up. The Olympic Zones deserve to be defaced with Burger King and Pepsi logos, just to piss off the official sponsors.

Sonic and Moxie

Wimpy's and Irn-Bru--seriously, if we're going for Creative Defacement, may as well go with British brands :D


Red Dwarf & the Stig
2012-07-18 05:00:00 PM  
1 vote:

ParaHandy: Johnnyflash: Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.

They're not illegal or anything. However .....

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

For parochial Americans those prices are in British pence per litre, so 140.9 equates to US$8.33 per US gallon .... we don't need a gas guzzler tax, it's built into the pump :)

If it's a Vauxhall (GM UK) car with a V8 it's probably imported from Holden (GM Australia)

/ 8 cylinders good, 2 turbos better ... my V6 car is quicker than any muscle car ever built if there are corners involved


autogas?
2012-07-18 04:48:30 PM  
1 vote:

Smeggy Smurf: farkeruk: Kids at the opening ceremony have been told to either wear unbranded or Adidas trainers

I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.

Seriously, I wish I was living in London - I'd be driving these guys around to put these posters up. The Olympic Zones deserve to be defaced with Burger King and Pepsi logos, just to piss off the official sponsors.

Sonic and Moxie


Wimpy's and Irn-Bru--seriously, if we're going for Creative Defacement, may as well go with British brands :D
2012-07-18 04:34:27 PM  
1 vote:

RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.


According to Banksy's theory, he'd be just fine with having said rock rearrange his face.
2012-07-18 04:29:20 PM  
1 vote:

Johnnyflash: Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.


They're not illegal or anything. However .....

static.guim.co.uk

For parochial Americans those prices are in British pence per litre, so 140.9 equates to US$8.33 per US gallon .... we don't need a gas guzzler tax, it's built into the pump :)

If it's a Vauxhall (GM UK) car with a V8 it's probably imported from Holden (GM Australia)

/ 8 cylinders good, 2 turbos better ... my V6 car is quicker than any muscle car ever built if there are corners involved
2012-07-18 04:06:34 PM  
1 vote:
"GO FOR THE GOLD!"

No, you shut up.
2012-07-18 04:02:03 PM  
1 vote:

RembrandtQEinstein: ArcadianRefugee: RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

Wow. Guy sounds like kind of a dick. "I can see it, so it's mines!!!"

Jackass.

If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.

I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.


Does Banksy (whoever that is) live in a completely see-through house?
2012-07-18 03:33:44 PM  
1 vote:

farkeruk: Kids at the opening ceremony have been told to either wear unbranded or Adidas trainers

I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.

Seriously, I wish I was living in London - I'd be driving these guys around to put these posters up. The Olympic Zones deserve to be defaced with Burger King and Pepsi logos, just to piss off the official sponsors.


Sonic and Moxie
2012-07-18 03:26:34 PM  
1 vote:

Swoop1809: So unless you are an official sponsor of the games you can't advertise your 2012 model year of your product in England?


Don't be surprised, these guys would still be taxing our tea if they could.

/and stamps too!
//USA! USA!
2012-07-18 03:21:24 PM  
1 vote:
So unless you are an official sponsor of the games you can't advertise your 2012 model year of your product in England?
2012-07-18 03:21:08 PM  
1 vote:
Feel the pain, baby.

/obscure?
2012-07-18 02:55:29 PM  
1 vote:
I like that the Brits have some good street art, but these guys just don't have the charm Banksy does in his work.
2012-07-18 02:53:21 PM  
1 vote:
The last one was kinda funny, but this was very "meh" overall.

Why do so many billboard hijackers have such a bland sense of humor?
2012-07-18 02:45:34 PM  
1 vote:

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


Knowing the potential derpitude levels of the combined powers of local Brit government and the IOC, I wouldn't be surprised if this is true.
2012-07-18 12:38:51 PM  
1 vote:

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


I was wondering the same thing.

Any of you Brits have insight into this? Seems kind of ...weird to me.
 
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