Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Anti-Graffiti Graffiti For April 8th Posting
I think this is a very interesting cartoon, especially after we've been spending the last couple of weeks discussing the matter of graffiti around Alfred University, and Harder Hall. As a class, we made these posters and labeled them under the project title "Anti-Graffiti Graffiti." We assumed that making these posters that we hung up in the bathroom of Harder Hall would deter graffiti in a way, because the messages portrayed on most of our posters were stating the feelings of most, saying that graffiti on public property is degrading and disrespectful. We assumed most people would read these, agree and think about the effects of graffiti before putting anymore "bad" graffiti in the bathrooms (especially.) This cartoon states just the opposite. The owner of this property put his own graffiti up as a way to get rid of vandals. He felt that if the walls were already covered in graffiti, nobody would hang around and put anymore graffiti up in this spot. This way, he knew what the graffiti was, and stopped vandalism. My question is, do people think our classes way of stopping vandalism was more effective than covering up the bathroom stalls with our own graffiti?