Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day.

(pic via The Awl. Image is a riff off of this famous Vietnam War pic, for you youngsters.) Back tomorrow with your regularly scheduled illiterate half-assed rantings. Previously in Beyond Petroleum.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the attempted force of the imagery, but if you know some of the story behind the original photo, it raises some interesting questions behind this interpretation. In the original, a South Vietnamese general is summarily executing a suspected Viet Cong operative. In this graphic we have someone "shooting" another silhouette with the BP logo behind it in the head with a gas pump. Taking it literally, BP should be summarily executed with their own product? Personally I feel that cheapens the impact and ambiguity of the original photo, and only adds another "plug the well with BP executives" to the chorus through the oil related imagery, which isn't exactly raising the level of discourse or proposing any solutions. But I'm probably just over thinking this bit of snarkiness.

6:14 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

My short version: It doesn't make any sense.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Pieter said...

It might be easier to look at it as a new fresh image and let the symbolism speak for itself. I see BP holding a gun to the head of an innocent victim. We are entirely at their mercy. Disconcerting isn't it?

2:59 AM  

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