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Anyone heard about this?

http://www.snowflakes07.com/

They appear to be encouraging people to vandalize advertisements by painting over them with white paint.

Interesting idea. Sounds pretty illegal.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.71

Until i saw which folder this was in, I thought it was a list of matches this year and what Meltzer had rated them.

It's funny to see someone advocating an anarchistic statement on a calm and pallid website.



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Sounds like a great marketing campaign for the paint companies.

I know it says otherwise on the site, but don't you think some (most) people who partake in this will invariably use spray paint, since it's much quicker, thus sending the message that no advertising is better than global warming caused by CFCs?

And since when does reclaiming the streets have anything to do with grafitti? Why isn't there a cry to paint over that too?



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Since: 7.11.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Interesting idea. Sounds pretty illegal.

All right; I'll bite. I see why it's illegal, but I don't see why it's interesting.

Maybe I have an even more interesting idea: If you painted over the signs, then follow up by going into stores and destroying as many of the advertised products as you could, then you'd really be able to reclaim the streets and achieve the "death of branding." Right?

Or, here's another thought (and I really hope it doesn't sound too shrill): If you don't want to see ads on city streets, rather than resorting to vandalism, how about not buying the products that are advertised. Ah, maybe that's just crazy talk.



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The idea of a street without advertisements intrigues me. The idea of vandalizing to get this does not. I probably could have worded that differently.




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What kind of advertisements are they talking about?

I'm cool with them painting over the kind of guerrila advertising that tends to happen in the city (like what happened with Sony's PSP ads) but going after billboards would be too far.




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I didn't read too much of the site - but the impression that I got was that they meant all advertising.

My personal feeling is that Americans are harmed by the idea of brands - I feel that all items should be judged by the quality they have and not by how well they are marketed. I really don't like that kids are pressured by their peer groups to get expensive clothes and items, because it causes those "have nots" to feel it even more.

America is such a bountiful nation that we have to create artificial distinctions so that people can feel superior to others. I think that marketing is pretty vile, and it really costs us as a species from achieving some goals that we might otherwise. I'd rather see money spent on scientific research than TV ads.

The irony is that I'm the marketer here. Maybe it's my own self loathing coming through.

In any case, I may remove the ads from the site that day as a nod to this group.




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This reminds me of watching olympic ice hockey, where they play the game with no ads on the boards or on the ice.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.65
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    The idea of a street without advertisements intrigues me. The idea of vandalizing to get this does not. I probably could have worded that differently.


The City of Sao Paulo just outlawed all billboards and advertising on buildings. When I was there I didnīt even notice until someone told me.

(edited by MoeGates on 2.3.07 2156)


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