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advertising is a far bigger act of vandalism and nuisance on public spaces than graffiti

@melissasage @aradinfinity new business near my house painted over a mural that had been there for years, now a big white wall.

Oh, they better have plans, those fuckers are getting new art one way or another.

@melissasage as a public spacing/realm person, i cannot boost this fact nearly enough

@melissasage next time i'm in south toledo i'll need to remember to take pictures of the revolutionary murals near MLK blvd. lots of black liberation/latino liberation leaders painted on the sides of buildings its lit

@melissasage My favorite street art is anti-"fare hopping" ads fixed to be prosocial.

@melissasage The only example I can find is this one that replaces the whole ad. The one I had in mind is an altered ad. gothamist.com/news/guerrilla-s

@melissasage I always like to bitch about how we condemn texting while driving, while allowing billboards, an object whose sole purpose is to distract you while you're driving. Like, don't get me wrong, you shouldn't be on your phone while driving, but billboards can be just as bad, and you don't even really get to consciously choose to be distracted

@auravulpes @melissasage I'm fine with the ads pages in newspapers. I make a point of reading those, because they don't employ dirty tactics to steal my attention. If the advert is actually informative, I check out the organisation, and if it didn't lie, I consider paying them money.

Adverts on the road? Pretty sure they're illegal in most countries. They're just a terrible idea. I'd be interested to see statistics on crashes v.s. hoarding locations.

@wizzwizz4 @auravulpes wait, hold on, ads on roads are illegal in places other than the US??

@melissasage @auravulpes In the UK, they're illegal unless the government permits them, which it doesn't. I've only ever seen three, one of which is actually a pirate signpost on a rusty tractor (hooray for loopholes!) and the other two were just the names of nearby science parks.

(This information is not as certain as my usual toots, because I couldn't verify my knowledge online, because nobody talks about why these things are absent, because their absence is not in any way upsetting.)

@melissasage @wizzwizz4 @auravulpes They're legal in many states here in the US. I grew up in Maine, where they're illegal, moving to Florida was quite the experience.

@melissasage advertising is visual pollution, it's brain vandalism. It's a deliberate and methodical assault upon our attention and psychic well-being, while graffiti isn't ...

it only gets worse when one considers the purpose of advertising - invading and colonizing minds for the sole purpose of turbocharging catastrophic overconsumption.

Seriously, I don't see a reason why billboards shouldn't be banned. In the EU, we have laws against cold calling but not against that ...

@melissasage I really hate and despise #FCKDecaux and the sad, sorry place they've turned our city into, from the bottom of my heart.

On the other hand I mostly don't mind graffiti at all. Some of it is quite beautiful and frankly any "damage" it might do utterly pales against the deliberate cruelty and fuckery inflicted by worthless companies such as #FCKDecaux, #Stroer, #Wall or #ClearChannel upon millions of nice people every day.

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