Monday, July 24, 2006
More from Portland and Seattle
How To Reach 100,000 People for Under a Dollar
While not quite the cornucopia of semiotic opportunities that Portland is, Seattle has some fine places for signposting. Upon leaving I found that most of the signs I'd put up on my arrival were still standing. Between Portland and Seattle I probably reached over a million drivers over the course of four days. Being very liberal cities, I doubt the text of my messages covered any new territory for motorists, but the fact of them did. When you put a sign up on the freeway it says two things: 1) whatever it says, and 2) someone felt they had the right to put a sign up that says it. If you believe your country is involved in an immoral war, this is not only your right as a citizen, it's your responsibility.
The founding fathers gave us the right to full and unfettered political speech and I'm taking them at their word: I'm allowed to speak out to as many of my fellow citizens as possible, and that includes the freeways. Basically what it boils down to is a question of power and one's willingness to simply take it rather than waiting for someone to formally grant it to you. It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission, and given that you can strike at any time, anyplace, it's highly unlikely you'll find yourself having to ask for either.
FB - 467
USA - 444