I’ve been sitting on my hands but I have to say something. Speaking as one of those (hello Craig) urban liberal creatives [Freelance; First Class], this ‘Abstain’ campaign makes me cringe. It’s about as dry as my backyard after four days of snow and southerlies. If we wonder why advertising has a bad name, this self-congratulatory, let’s-see-if-we-can-shock-them crap is the reason why.
It’s not that it’s a completely bad idea (even if it’s not a great idea); it’s the way they did it. It could have been done way, way better.
Like this. This is dry.
Penny’s worth. Back to work.
And the Steenbeck. And the chinagraph pencil. And splicing.
Nope, that pretty much sums it up.
What happened to World Peace?
Thank you, Craig. Beautifully but sadly put.
Read. Signed. Sent.
I'll be there.
I told my daughter that I was going to protest, and what it was about.
Her only question was 'Will you get arrested?" to which I replied, "I hope not."
On the other hand there are alternate options for national anthems
Mungo MacCallum wrote a nice little essay about the furore Australia went through in 1975 when it adopted Advance Australia Fair
One of the problems from aspiring writers back in 1975 was that there are so few rhymes to 'Australia'; the only obvious one is 'failure', which is clearly inappropriate. But this is a cop-out as the following modest effort shows:
We'll not derail ya
As long as there's azalea to espalier.
So inter alia
Unveil yer dahlia
All hail yer gay regalia our Australia
(p226, The Best Australian Essays 2001)
Catchy, patriotic, politically correct and environmentally sound. What more could you want?
What happened to textes?