November 18, 2009

Protesting Protesting

I created a design for a stamp through a promotion company. The little logo said, "Why Not Blame Drew? BlameDrew.com" to promote my new book. It was resoundingly rejected. It was diligently deemed "unacceptable" because its purpose was to "advocate or protest any particular religious, social, political, legal or moral agenda of any person or entity." (Funny, one can not even do a protest of oneself…)

I generally get that, but under the strictest form of that definition, no picture could ever be shown. A picture of a politician advocates that person (a political agenda) or their policies (numerous natures of agendas). Pictures of boys fishing advocates hunting (a moral agenda). Pictures of Iranian girls in school advocates education equality (a social agenda). Pictures of an old lady lost in contemplation advocates religion. A picture of Elvis promotes rock-n-roll music (a social agenda not even including all the agendas wrapped up under that picture) and the music industry. A picture of a kitten promotes welfare of kittens (a moral agenda). Eventually, everything is "advocating" or "protesting" something. All imagines represent biases for "any person or entity". Ironically, their rejecting my agenda is... a protest of its own.

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