Advertisers dominate visual landscapes, manipulating the way we think without a hint of apprehension. And it's not just obnoxious; at its worst, it's an affront to humanity. (No hyperbole intended.) So, what should we do about it? Well, here's a thought.
FACT CHECK IN THE HOUSE!
Gotta give credit where credit is due. The words above were adapted from an essay by Sean Tejaratchi. There's a whole unfortunate story there about how the quote came to be attributed to the elusive street artist, Banksy.
It's never fun having someone else receive praise for your work. But at the same time, Tejaratchi has no hard feelings:
"As problems go, it's a pretty nice one to have. I like Banksy's art and ideas. I'm flattered he liked my writing and my sentiments, and I'm happy others liked the quote enough to post and forward. I've seen forums where people are debating the passage, including rebuttals from ad-agency twats. It's on wikiquotes and a hundred blogs. My essay never would have had that impact on its own."
Plus, this cartoon got made. And it's amazing. So, there's that.