Advertising and public space: reappropriating and remixing media is a political act

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banksy et al
From Upworthy: ORIGINAL IMAGE designed by Karina Nurdinova and inspired by a quote from Banksy, which was inspired by Sean Tejaratchi’s 1999 essay, “Death, Phones, Scissors.” There’s a bit of controversy about this quote, read about what Tejaratchi says about it here.

I originally posted about this elsewhere, emphasizing this part of the quotation:

Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, rearrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

A reader disagreed (quoted below) and so I elaborated, which is the main body of this post.

reasonreigns: This is beyond ignorant. No one forces you to look at these ads. Just because I don’t like the way someone’s face looks, does not then…

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