Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The land of the free, hackneyed iconic images.

Mount Rushmore. The Bald Eagle. George Washington. And of course, the Statue of Liberty. In this great(ish) country of ours, if you want to sell cars, magazines, mattresses, clothes, strip bars, whatever, and you're lazy and cheap—you have a ready pool of patriotic, rights-free images at your disposal that have been used ad infinitum through ad history. While making ads thusly isn't much of a display of "independence," it is a very American thing to do. So today, sally forth citizens and be indolent and unoriginal. It's your right. Also, eat a Pop-Tart®.
previously in America:
1. The Bank of Opportunistic Stock Photo Use.
2. Me Tarzan. You Jane. Army Strong™. Commercial Weak.
3. Operation Thesaurus.
4. Little Mr. Apricot tells USA 'F-You.'

14 Comments:

Blogger ninaberries said...

it's so post modern of you to suggest eating pop tarts given kellogg's vow to cut back the advertising on them given y'know the whole obesity thing.

12:42 PM  
Blogger TMB said...

Those are hot jeans. Think I'll get them. Look patriotic and shit. I mean, The Statue of Liberty's wearing them ... so you know, whatever's okey-doke with that French statue's okey-doke with my hardcore legs ...

Egalitee, Fraternitee, Libertee!!!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many happy returns to you over there, from us over here. Hope you had a lovely time celebrating Independence Day.

So sweet of you to commemorate the day when a band of insurgents overthrew a legitimate government through acts of sabotage, guerilla warfare and civil unrest, aided and abetted by foreign fighters.

;)

Keep up the good work 'Ranter x.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous archeress said...

is the Dealer back? i do miss that guy. wonder what happened to his tenant who didn't like the wooden toilet seat?

12:12 PM  
Blogger jos said...

does the statue of liberty have a bulge? this gender bending thing is getting out of hand!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Lardog said...

Is it time yet to reintroduce the Washington Monument as protruding great white cock into the American landscape? Tha's what I'm talking about.

1:26 PM  
Blogger TMB said...

Anonymous: I totes agree with you.

That's how I felt about the tsunami, while roughly 240,000 people drowned and we were washed away in my ancestral homeland, douchebags in Times Square were like, "WHATEVER!!! WHO AM I GONNA KISS TONIGHT? WHERE DA DUMB BLONDE BITCHES BE AT, YO? WHERE BE MY STRETCHED HUMVEE?"

Exactly.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And when terrorists blew up the WTC, people all over the world were laughing at us. So fuck you, TMB.

3:40 PM  
Blogger anna kate said...

I'm more concerned with the fact that he used the word 'totes' to express sincere agreement.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous American Mofo said...

"240,000 people drowned and we were washed away in my ancestral homeland."

Yeah, that sucked.

But we're a little more concerned with the 1,836 who were washed away in Katrina.

I know it's a small number in comparison, but you know - they were American!

So, I totes disagree on your point.

And hey, Anon #1: Man, you got that English "got my ass kicked and I don't care" thing down. We changed how war is done. I mean, come on. Marching along in a line in an open field wearing red coats? You're fucking asking for trouble there, bud.

God shave the Queen.

11:18 PM  
Blogger All Blog Spots said...

nice blog

5:55 AM  
Blogger Moda di Magno said...

The bulge, it's just so weird.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous HRH Princess Margaret (deceased) said...

So sweet of you to commemorate the day when a band of insurgents overthrew a legitimate government through acts of sabotage, guerilla warfare and civil unrest, aided and abetted by foreign fighters.

NOW THAT IS FUNNY! Bravo, anon.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> Man, you got that English "got
> my ass kicked and I don't care"
> thing down.

Thanks. We call it "irony".

11:23 AM  

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