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Poster Boy

The 27-year-old Brooklyn artist was arrested on Saturday.
A rising star in the underground scene, the artist known as Poster Boy was arrested at an event in SoHo on Saturday. The 27 year-old Brooklyn resident was apprehended by plain clothes officers who were tipped off to the artist’s presence by fliers advertising the event. The arrest marked the culmination of a months-long search for the elusive subway artist. There’s only one problem. The man officers arrested, Henry Matyjewicz, isn’t Poster Boy. A source quoted by the New York Times claims that Matyjewicz is a legal artist whose role is to propagate the ideals of the Poster Boy movement. “Henry Matyjewicz,” insists the source, “is innocent.” For those who haven’t heard of him, Poster Boy is an anti-consumerist guerilla artist commonly hailed as New York’s answer to Banksy. But unlike the enigmatic Brit, Poster Boy attacks consumer culture head-on, targeting the myriad advertisements that litter the city’s subway tunnels. Wielding a razor blade and a wit equally as sharp, the artist removes and recombines elements of self-adhesive posters to create subversive “mash-ups” of corporate ads. After spending a few minutes with Poster Boy, an ad for the film Iron Man reads Iran = Nam and a Puma spot featuring Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt is fitted with the slogan McEndorse the World. And though his work has drawn considerable attention and praise since appearing on the scene nearly a year ago, Poster Boy has no intention of capitalizing on his fame. “I want people to know that this can exist,” he says in a documentary produced by People We Love. “An artist can make art that doesn’t have to be justified through an institution.” Unlike other street artists that have assimilated into the mainstream, for Poster Boy there will be no copyright, no authorship, no galleries and no private collections. As an artist, he claims, he is uninterested in “making things for bored rich people to hang above their couch.” Sources close to the artist maintain that there are, in fact, multiple “Poster Boys” presently engaged in the project which would explain why Matyjewicz took the fall in SoHo on Saturday. As all culture jammers know, any viable movement must transcend the individual. When it comes to Poster Boy, I hope he inspires legions.

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Anonymous

I must also add that "free TV" is no more of a benefit than free handjobs. It's useless. We need to cut back on this delusion of "growth" and "progress" -- mankind hasn't really advanced much at all in the last couple thousand years. We just had a lot of babies and converted much of our planet into a dump. Mass transit, etc. isn't beneficial and it isn't necessary unless you have thousands of workers that need to get to jobs to produce products for other consumer-workers who are also headed for their jobs. Advertisements are there to let those people locked into this endless cycle what they can distract themselves with in their free time. It's a feedback-based system headed toward self-destruction, because we do not have unlimited resources to sustain this.

Anonymous

I must also add that "free TV" is no more of a benefit than free handjobs. It's useless. We need to cut back on this delusion of "growth" and "progress" -- mankind hasn't really advanced much at all in the last couple thousand years. We just had a lot of babies and converted much of our planet into a dump. Mass transit, etc. isn't beneficial and it isn't necessary unless you have thousands of workers that need to get to jobs to produce products for other consumer-workers who are also headed for their jobs. Advertisements are there to let those people locked into this endless cycle what they can distract themselves with in their free time. It's a feedback-based system headed toward self-destruction, because we do not have unlimited resources to sustain this.

soahc

There's enough nuclear power available, enough uranium, to power this civilization for many, many years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power#Future_of_the_industry The truth is, you don't know. You have no idea what is going to happen. None of us do. It is going to surprise all of us. The most poignant futurists, collapsists, green anarchist thinkers, and sci fi writers have no clue what our future holds. And it is the fear of not knowing, the fear of leaving it up to fate to decide our future, that is founded upon the very hoarding behavior and anxieties that are only hindering our progress as a species.

soahc

There's enough nuclear power available, enough uranium, to power this civilization for many, many years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power#Future_of_the_industry The truth is, you don't know. You have no idea what is going to happen. None of us do. It is going to surprise all of us. The most poignant futurists, collapsists, green anarchist thinkers, and sci fi writers have no clue what our future holds. And it is the fear of not knowing, the fear of leaving it up to fate to decide our future, that is founded upon the very hoarding behavior and anxieties that are only hindering our progress as a species.

I am so wise

"I must also add that “free TV” is no more of a benefit than free handjobs. It’s useless." Just because you like to bash TV to appear cool to your friends, it provides a lot of useful benefits- weather reports, enertainment (just because you dislike it does not make it bad), and information.

I am so wise

"I must also add that “free TV” is no more of a benefit than free handjobs. It’s useless." Just because you like to bash TV to appear cool to your friends, it provides a lot of useful benefits- weather reports, enertainment (just because you dislike it does not make it bad), and information.

soahc

From the above article: "As all culture jammers know, any viable movement must transcend the individual." To Sarah Nardi: Bollocks. Why, oh why must you insist on erecting a false dichotomy between the individual and the group? You seemingly fall prey to the very pattern of thought that got us into this bastardized situation in the first place, namely the urge to imply category over conditionality. The perpetuation of the view that there is this seismic rift between the individual and the group, that one must pay heedance to one while acknowledging the other, is your own imagining and it does not engulf us all, nor must it. Dualistic thought is our bane. Next stop, enforced socialism, more of the same, much like our current enforced individualism.

soahc

From the above article: "As all culture jammers know, any viable movement must transcend the individual." To Sarah Nardi: Bollocks. Why, oh why must you insist on erecting a false dichotomy between the individual and the group? You seemingly fall prey to the very pattern of thought that got us into this bastardized situation in the first place, namely the urge to imply category over conditionality. The perpetuation of the view that there is this seismic rift between the individual and the group, that one must pay heedance to one while acknowledging the other, is your own imagining and it does not engulf us all, nor must it. Dualistic thought is our bane. Next stop, enforced socialism, more of the same, much like our current enforced individualism.

soahc

Correction: This sentance- "...that one must pay heedance to one while acknowledging the other..." was meant to say"...MUST pay heedance to one while not acknowledging the other..." I am convinced that humans by nature are cooperative animals. My appeal is that fragmentary thought patterns such as those that open a rift between individualism and collectivism will eventually run their course. But separating the will to power of the individual from the will to power of the society is simply a perpetuation of the status quo. Our original tendency towards mutual aid, reciprocal altruism, etc., has been polluted by institutionalized coercion. When in reality, we would never be here if we had started out as non cooperative competitors. Eventually, perhaps, technologies such as robotics and new developments that promote transparency, mobility and communications will serve as equalizing forces, evaporating the division of labor, and the division between the individual and the group.

soahc

Correction: This sentance- "...that one must pay heedance to one while acknowledging the other..." was meant to say"...MUST pay heedance to one while not acknowledging the other..." I am convinced that humans by nature are cooperative animals. My appeal is that fragmentary thought patterns such as those that open a rift between individualism and collectivism will eventually run their course. But separating the will to power of the individual from the will to power of the society is simply a perpetuation of the status quo. Our original tendency towards mutual aid, reciprocal altruism, etc., has been polluted by institutionalized coercion. When in reality, we would never be here if we had started out as non cooperative competitors. Eventually, perhaps, technologies such as robotics and new developments that promote transparency, mobility and communications will serve as equalizing forces, evaporating the division of labor, and the division between the individual and the group.

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