Wednesday, August 13, 2003
The Times They Are A'changin'
Graffiti. Bucking the system. Rebellion. Standard activities of the kids, not just these days but pretty much since the dawn of time, I would think.
I saw some graffiti on the side of a dumpster today. It didn't say, "Fuck The Man" or "Down With Whitey" or "Fight Authority" or anything like that. It was far more productive and intelligent. I was impressed. It said, "Undermine Authority". Now THAT'S some constructive graffiti. Don't just argue, complain, fight---UNDERMINE! I think if I was "authority" I'd be far more pissed off at being undermined than being fought in a more obvious manner.
Then again, authority might not always realize it when undermining is taking place. Which says even more about the statement "Undermine Authority". Undermining can be a pretty stealth activity. Recognition does not always go with it. Just satisfaction. I like that.
So here's to you, oh writer of excellent graffiti, wherever you are. Cheers.
And on a totally unrelated note, I just found out that Billy Joel has his name registered as a trademark. I want to do that.