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Bigger than Andre, badder than the entire WWF

Bigger than Andre, badder than the entire WWF

Remember back when Knife Party was just a tag on a San Francisco sidewalk (or maybe that was Monkey Knife Fight…  you always forget to document the street art until years later…) and not an awesome piece of digital media deriding the Neocon war machine with a British accent?  Giant Media had its roots in the same subversiveness and now it’s spawned into an entire industry suitable for philately, sovietology and, um, trying to figure out just how much of Andre the Giant’s face can be shown and still be considered original work.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole Obey thing.  But Shepard Fairey has come a long way from quoting Heidegger (without mentioning phusis, which in my mind is a sign of a rank amateur) to critique conspicuous consumption, and now wrangles with the arbiter of all news factoids for his modification of a press photo of Obama into an emblem of the proletariat’s addiction to propaganda, or maybe it’s hope.

A quick perusal of der Wiki shows the morass of trying to distinguish what constitutes derivative work from copyrighted sources using laws written before modern methods of transformation existed.  Somehow, the illuminati over at Google got it right, along with Duchamp.  Of course, Duchamp did it before you could sell Mona Lisa skateboards, so maybe the courts would look differently at the issue today, but first Duchamp would have to give up being an artist and start being the second-most ironic capitalist of the post-modern era.

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