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Re: “Expression is Freedom

Writing for The Journal on May 5th, Marcy Burstiner’s shock that a building coordinator gets to decide on the art that’s shown in their building seems all too real. Her suggested policy change is nothing short of coup d’état, artists running around telling people who are responsible for an entire building how to do their jobs. Marcy writes that “what the art represents, what it looks like, or what a person might think when they look at it should have nothing to do with the building coordinator’s decision. True art always offends somebody.” Ad nauseam: how about a life-sized chainsaw sculpture in old-growth redwood of 1st Amendment champion and local newspaper editor Austin Wiley (The Journal, cover, 25-Feb-2010) in the lobby of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building? Think about that one for a minute, it’s actually a lot more offensive than a 15-foot long leafy green schlong (which I was impressed with). Her entire piece was a tantrum, and I got the feeling that she is not only the kind of liberal who thinks that free access to quality healthcare is a basic human right, but also the kind who thinks that hanging your art on somebody else’s wall is as well. And Ms. Burstiner is the proud advisor of the award-winning Lumberjack, eh? Awards presumably determined before the April 13th issue’s Direct Action Guide offered advice on how to wheatpaste “massed produced” propaganda around a community! The 4/20 issue, along with a Google Map of cool places to get high, published a letter from Chief Dewey ’83 reminding the Jack that wheatpasting constitutes vandalism under the law and can get you convicted and expelled. That’s bad advice, Jack; that’s bad advising, Marcy; that’s not excellent, dude. Beyond the legality of wheatpasting, the recipe said to mix the wheat and water and boil after stirring, but for how long? Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat? Bring to a boil, set stove to simmer, leave uncovered and go smoke a bowl at destination 13 for a couple hours? The Lumberjack’s advice on how to conduct illegal activities was half-assed, and that’s the kind of crap that gets people killed out there. Marcy should have noticed and advised.

Posted by Randall on 05/11/2011 at 12:53 AM

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