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Wednesday, June 08, 2005


POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English

Bombarded by relentless advertising in a growing culture of junk, one man-activist/artist Ron English dares to hijack corporate advertising, challenging us to change the sham of reality they've created and reminding us that free speech still lives.

Ron poses a statement "Corporations don't have free speech, people do". Of course that statement is meant to be ironic, because ultimately corporations have many more rights to expression than people do. Corporations have: intellectual property rights, digital rights, copyrights, patent rights and more. Although Ron is morally right here, he is definitely wrong in a legal sense, and he knows this. But he feels it's important that he exercises his rights to speak the way he wants to.