Culture-Jamming 2

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I’m assuming that most of the people that read this blog also read Boingboing. And if you don’t, you should. It’s kind of the inspiration for how this blog is written– more of a re-posting of cool/interesting things than a personal rant.

So many of you may have seen this already, but it’s really a wonderful example of culture-jamming. Culture-jamming, for any of you who may have forgotten, is primarily based on manipulation of pre-existing images, namely advertisements. Ads have their power in repetition– we see the “golden arches” and immediately assume “McDonalds.” Taking those same icons and distorting their meaning can give an entirely new meaning to an advertisement, which often serves to completely contradict what it was trying to do originally.

Thus, some enterprising photoshoppers have created this reaction to the UK’s new anti-terrorist fear-mongering advertisement campaign. They’ve really started to go wild with these things, apparently with the intent  to make every Briton suspicious of every other one. And that goes double for immigrants. Or people that look like they might be immigrants. Or people that look like they know people that might be immigrants… And so on.

Fear-mongering is a terrible thing. In fact, it’s a kind of low-grade mental terrorism. You gain your end by creating fear, which is, of course, a synonym for terror. It’s one of the reasons I’ve resisted posting the “neighborhood crime map” on the Phoenix website. If I’m ordered to do it, I probably will, since it’s my job. I don’t want to make people any more scared of where they live, however, especially since it’s not very dangerous. I may be jaded from living in a much more perilous place for years, but it’s how I feel. You can disagree– I understand.

The editors of the Boingboing post asked their commenters for more submissions, so you can check them out here.

I suppose the end of that turned personal, didn’t it? Ah well. Such is the nature of blogging.

Instead of posting individual tracks today, I’m instead going to point you towards Culture Bully‘s Top Mashups of 2008.

Click through and enjoy!

One response to “Culture-Jamming 2

  1. Very cool site
    There’s a film called Radical Jesters that is a really good example of a range of “culture jamming” activities that have happened over the last few years. You can see a trailer at

    The video can be seen and bought at
    http://www.radicaljesters.com/

    Enjoy!!!

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