Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hey, Wiscon! Is this censorship?

Museum of Contemporary Art commissions, then paints over, artwork - latimes.com

8 comments:

  1. I'm having trouble seeing how putting an anti-war mural in an area with war memorials can be equated to chain smoking in front of somebody with lung cancer. It makes no sense at all as a metaphor.

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  2. That's because you don't believe working class people should be proud of dying in imperial wars.

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  3. Or: Crazy people like crazy metaphors.

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  4. Well, I kind of reckon that memorializing people who have died in wars tends to lead to more wars where more people can die. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori and all that....

    And one of the reasons it is impolite to chain smoke in front of a person with lung cancer is that this will cause the cancer sufferer more damage....

    So, according to my logic, the anti-war mural in an area with war memorials would be the equivalent of an anti-smoking ad being placed in the cancer ward of a hospital.

    ;) But I wouldn't try to use that metaphor because it makes no damn sense.

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  5. I suppose really I should be calling it an analogy rather than a metaphor. Hmmm... and I could put the anti-smoking ad in a cigarette factory. That might work. *grin*

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  6. I prefer the lung cancer ward--the anti-smoking ad in a cigarette factory is like an anti-war ad in a bomb factory.

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  7. True. But if I go with my original thought that memorializing people who have died in wars leads to more people dying in wars, then the cancer ward doesn't quite work because cancer wards aren't commonly thought of as one of the causes of cancer. (Although, arguably some of the treatments and diagnostic tests are. Causes of cancer, that is. Probably not commonly thought of that way.)

    I have wandered rather far from the topic of censorship, haven't I?

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  8. Thinking about metaphors and analogies will do that.

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