Wednesday, 23 November 2011

This Must Be a Fake

A friend via another friend sent us this photograph, which supposedly was taken at one or other Wall Street protest. If it is genuine, it is hilarious, in a poignant sort of way:

But it can't be genuine. Please tell me it can't be genuine. No, of course it's not genuine. Someone somewhere is definitely having a laugh. The 'Hispanic' element is the gilding of the lily that uiltimately reveals the whole thing's a fraud.

And yet I am torn between thinking that it's a sign of my cynicism that I've worked this out and wondering if it's actually a sign of my naivety about exactly where we've reached that I don't believe the photograph's real.

In my experience, though, cynicism can usually be trusted (I hope that statement makes somebody laugh, besides me).

5 comments:

  1. Fake. The colour of the ink is equally dense all the way through, and the letters are the same every time they appear -- look at the dash on top of the lower-case 'i', for example. What are the chances of a writer getting that dash exactly the same every time? And the lettering doesn't follow the shape of the cardboard.

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  2. Good thinking, Umb - I wonder what she was holding up.

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  3. I wonder too. I haven't been able to find the original, but after a little bit of scratching around it turns out that the text was added at http://www.signgenerator.org

    Click on the 'Protester sign generator' link under PEOPLE PROTESTING/RALLY SIGN GENERATORS and you can give her any message you want.

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  4. How the hell did you find that? I think my message will be, 'Grow your own vegetables - they taste better'. That should stir things up.

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  5. "cynicism can usually be trusted"...yeah, that seems about right.

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