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“But Advertising is Free Speech…”

“But Advertising is protected as Free Speech…” I hear this every once in a while. The problem is that advertising isn’t free speech, in more ways than one. 1. It’s far from free. You can go to any public place and say whatever you want. And anyone else can too. In the United States we’re […]

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New York Post – [Very] Special Edition

I was lucky to be involved with a great group of people (including the Yes Men) who produced a counterfeit — although 100% factually accurate — special edition New York Post for the kick-off of climate week. Distributed yesterday morning to surprised NYC commuters, the paper replaced the oft frivolous Post content with imperative stories […]

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Billboard industry gums up anti-blight enforcement in S.F.

The city of San Francisco has been slowly working to enforce a 2002 city proposition which banned new billboards on private property. Of course, we all know city governments are notoriously cash-strapped. So it comes as no surprise that it was only in 2007 that the city had completed a survey of the existent billboards […]

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No freedom of speech on billboards – even when you can pay.

Billboard Co. Says No to Soldier Portraits in St. Paul A billboard company has canceled its contract to display one of photographer Suzanne Opton’s portraits of active-duty soldiers on an outdoor space in St. Paul, Minnesota, site of the Republican National Convention. Opton, a New York-based photographer, shot her “Soldiers Faces” series at Fort Drum, […]

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