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Indymedia Out-door - Nostalgia #1

Bill Posters | 08.09.2005 17:10 | Culture | Free Spaces | Indymedia

It seems the auto industry PR machine appears at running at full throttle. Even in our so called NEWS and Current Affairs programs they talk about it. They say we are in love with big cars in Australia. I wonder why.

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Consumer Confidence

Out-door Media is the cultural space within which we think about ourselves and our place in the world. Billboards let corporations overload our subconscious thoughts with thousands of marketing messages per day. Many of them have cars. Many of them have objectified women. Some have both. They look so obvious and stupid when we consciously see them, you might even wonder why they bother plastering our cities with smiling faces and simple messages. The sinister thing is that they do work. Companies don't invest in advertising unless they get a return. They work on our dream life. A mass of unrelated, powerful, and very creative messages float around in our heads randomly and apparently given total credibility. We are completely oblivious to the process.


These messages work so well that now even our government has been spending millions of dollars in so called advertising campaigns to promote various new agendas and policies. Both in television and out-door media. There is something very wrong with that. Unless you want a society of droned out children who can't think for themselves. A society where other voices are censored by the sheer monopoly of the media.

Peak Oil

1400 auto factory workers in Adelaide know the consequences of a fall in sales of our beloved six cylinder engines and V8's. I reckon go and see a documentary called 'The Take' guys and start thinking about a solar powered monorail, monorail, monorail or something. But please! Don't plaster it with advertising for once.

Climate Change

"Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a living breathing thing which belonged to everybody, not just estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet."

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