Thursday, July 12, 2007
Some Signs From Yesterday
I've been wanting to do this one for awhile. Here's how it looked in traffic: (click to enlarge)
Note to America: Next time you feel like voting for the guy you'd rather drink beer with, do us all a favor and write in the name of the guy you actually drink beer with.
I make my signs using an overhead projecter. The signs below took about 45 minutes to make and cost about 35 cents (total) in materials. Having them made professionally would cost about $500.
Notice the juxtaposition of the overhead projecter and the TV, squared-off like boxers in corners of a ring. This is the crux of the battle my friends... the corporate media bullshit that streams into our homes versus our willingness and ability to speak for ourselves. Corporations have the advantage of controlling practically all forms of broadcast media, but we still own the land. Thanks to the freeways, a well placed sign can be read by over 200,000 people a day. There is no better, easier or cost-effective method of making your voice heard in this society.
This is how you put a sign on a freeway: find a piece of fencing that faces traffic, place the sign against the fencing and strap a bungee cord or two behind it. Then walk away. Takes five seconds. Your sign will stay up until somebody takes it down, and believe me, that can be a long time.
Everything you can see while driving is a place you can put a sign and it'll be read: Every fence, post and tree.
When the founding fathers of this country gave us the right to free speech, they meant for us to use it, and to do so as widely and effectively as possible. Don't believe anybody who tells you you need a permit to do what I do: the First Amendment is all the permit you need.
As Kurt Vonnegut said, freedom of speech isn't something that's given to you, it's something you take for yourself, and it's high time more of us started taking it.
USA - 1082
FB - 1073
(signs posted since Jan. 1st.)