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Insidious. [Jun. 26th, 2005|08:02 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Via theguiterrorist: Nike Campaign "Borrows" Album Art. I think the first part of the article misses the point a little. It makes it sound as though Nike is attempting to pass off the design as wholly their own, and I don't think that's what Nike is trying to do at all. I think they're deliberately trying to imitate the Minor Threat album cover, with the hope that those who catch the cultural reference and the cute play on words will appreciate it and decide that Nike is cool -- which, to me, is much more insidious.

However, I think the rest of the article is dead-on. I don't believe that Corporations Are Necessarily Bad, but under our current system, they are much too difficult to hold accountable for their actions -- like, say, stealing other people's designs -- and more so, the bigger they are and the more money they have.

(Also, the original font was way better. Sheesh.)

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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-06-27 01:24 am (UTC)
God that's fucked up. I heard about this earlier but Pitchfork did a better job of showing the images than the link to it I spied before.

Also, I gotta say, corporations obviously do far worse things than stealing people's designs, and I think the main reason why they kind of ar necessarily bad is the fact that they are considered people, legally.

so many issues...bogging...down....
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-06-27 02:21 am (UTC)
corporations obviously do far worse things than stealing people's designs

Absolutely. I was just using that as an example, in an attempt to ease my awkward-ass transition from specific to general. I'm better at the thinkin' than I am at the writin'.

I think the main reason why they kind of ar necessarily bad is the fact that they are considered people, legally.

Well, to me that doesn't mean that corporations are necessarily bad -- it just means that the law currently governing them is screwed up. Kind of like how a 500-acre farm isn't inherently inefficient, but our current system and policy make them so. But a farm is an actual, physical entity, and maybe, since a corporation is a legal entity, the corporation actually is nothing more than the law governing it. I dunno. underwhelm?
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[User Picture]From: geminus
2005-06-27 05:25 pm (UTC)

just for some reference

the documentary the corporation deals with this, i think (i haven't seen it yet). apparently one of the points made is that if corporations were viewed as persons they would be considered psychopathic in their disregard for the general well-being of anyone but themselves.
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2005-06-27 01:50 am (UTC)
I think they're deliberately trying to imitate the Minor Threat album cover, with the hope that those who catch the cultural reference and the cute play on words will appreciate it and decide that Nike is cool -- which, to me, is much more insidious.

Then they're dumber than I thought. Anyone who listens to Minor Threat records (hell, anything released by Dischord), knowing what the band and label stood for politically, has a distaste for multi-nationals like Nike in the first place and this will make it worse. If it is a reference instead of a wholesale rip-off and attempt to pass it off as original, then it's a poor choice.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-06-27 02:24 am (UTC)
Dumber and in even worse taste, yeah.
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[User Picture]From: flaccus
2005-06-27 02:40 am (UTC)
Nothing Nice To Say did a comic about it.

Which is the only way I know anything about it. Who the heck is Fugazi? Someone I don't know anything about!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-06-27 02:59 am (UTC)
So they did. And there it is, sixty entries back on my friends page, but I missed it because I had image placeholders enabled because I was browsing on Big Orange all weekend, in all its 800x600 glory. But you should know that I've been regularly reading NN2S because of you. You, Andrew! The mindshare, it burns us!
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2005-06-27 03:03 am (UTC)
Fugazi is the band Ian MacKaye started after Minor Threat.

More information can be found here, via All Music Guide.

I love that comic.
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[User Picture]From: flaccus
2005-06-27 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, huh. I always get them confused with the Fugees, which I guess would be, um, different. Ian MacKaye != Lauryn Hill.

I'm no longer miseducated!
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