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

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.