Thursday, January 5, 2012

Phore Sale

Note a picture taken in the middle of nowhere, California, where someone had spray-painted what was supposed to be an advertisement on the side of what may have been a brick outhouse. There are “achers” “phore sail” on a few “loughts”. Many issues at different levels may be explored here:
1. Identity: Are people proud to come from the middle of nowhere? ie Is this a ‘God Bless America’ call to go back to any down-home proverbial roots where we milked our own cows and grew our own crops? Or is this about escaping places like these, where a basic level of inattention to grammar is too much to expect?
2. Nation: It’s notable that there are areas of the United States where inhabitants remain so (and yes this is an assumption here) ignorant of the things that so many of us take for granted.
3. Culture: What happens in our education system that people slip through the so-called cracks? What of our sense of civic duty, that we spray paint advertisements on the sides of outhouses? Is this a security issue?
4. Security: This picture was posted to shock. It was posted for us to laugh at the terrible misfortune that lack of education produces in the backwoods. What does that say about our sense of cultural security? How is commerce influenced by the participation of this segment of society?
Ponder and let me know.
Originally posted by Yasmeen Hussain on CulturalSecurity.net.

1 comment:

  1. saw this house yesterday, not sure if it was a joke or not.

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