Occupy Outdoor Advertising

There is a grassroots movement against outdoor advertising.

There is a documentary film about the grassroots movement against outdoor advertising.

The argument here is about the use of public space for advertising. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you okay with outdoor advertising clogging up the landscape and cityscape?

I appreciate the passion that media activists bring to their causes, but I wonder about the veracity of their claims. People have nowhere to sleep and no food to eat, meanwhile corporate overlords subject us to their “visual pollution.” One does not equal the other.

Also, I wonder where public space stops and private space begins. My mailbox and yours, for instance, is clearly private space; yet, any old Joe can send a piece of visual pollution. Same for our inboxes, social media streams and the comments on a blog. People misuse these means all the time. Shall we also make this abuse illegal? Maybe we should.

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • http://twitter.com/TvSpotBuyer Mike Brinkman

    “Take our space back.” You have to be kidding me?

    Maybe they should consider the thousands of jobs impacted by them taking back space that was never theirs. From the Advertiser and Agency all the way down to the workers that earn a living by hanging those signs.

    These billboards are employing people and promoting commerce, not enforcing poverty and famine.

  • http://mediafiche.com/Media/Media-Buying.aspx Media Buying

    Outdoor advertising is livelihood for people on big scale. 

  • http://www.123franchising.com/ Venesa Johnson

    Outdoor Advertising is a vast area to introduce your product and through this you are focused over your targeted customers. They are still have same interest and charm and public paid attention towards them. If they clearly present the concept of your product then you can generate revenue through them easily. Some companies still generate profit through outdoor advertising and PVC banner printing like eazy print, print designs etc. PVC banners by eazy print are best example for that.