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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ode To The FInale


Blogger Tania Rochelle said...


3/26/2007 08:21:00 AM  
Blogger Arash Giani said...

Hey Guys,
Today I saw the most powerful campaignI've ever seen in my entire life and want to share it with everybody:


3/26/2007 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger riveraphobia said...

How irritating. I'm sure she sleeps just fine while children are left behind and people are dying, as so many of us do, because only the most naive would think that our age is so special and significant as to contain the worst of history's horrors. Pink, our nation's eminent chanteuse, may very well turn an angry red in the face of the past world's violent turnings.
"A man [or woman] has nothing to fear who understands history."

3/26/2007 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Drew said...

Hey Riveraphobia,
I'm a little confused about your comment. Are you saying that because worse has happened throughout history that present atrocities are excusable or shouldn't be commented on?
Or are you irritated at yet another celebrity anti-Bush sentiment?

3/28/2007 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger riveraphobia said...

Hey Drew--

Yes, I'm definitely irritated by yet another celebrity anti-Bush sentiment, because sentiment is exactly what it is, along with a cliche. It is far too easy to take potshots at a man so full of holes that if you were to stand behind him on a sunny day you'd be blinded. Subtlety, irony, satire, wit-- this is what is sorely missing in too many of our "activist celebrities." (Thank God for John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, the guys from South Park, MAD TV, and Family Guy) I can call the president a fucking piece of shit, but it wouldn't make a difference in the world, because millions of people have already affixed the same denigration, I am sure. So yes, I am attacking Pink for her lack of bravery (because in this country it does not take great courage to criticize the government, especially if you are a celebrity and garner media attention, as opposed to being a nobody, one who can easily be made to disappear-- how many people get killed for their political opinions in the United States, as they do in Russia and the Horn of Africa and scores of other nations?) for not daring to say anything original and new, for being simplistic and simple-minded. Consider Pink's fan base: would you say teenaged, perhaps even younger? So how many of these do you think will go home and think about the lambasting she gave the president, really think so hard upon it that they will scramble to newspapers and documentaries and crack open books by noted historians and perform their own footwork to learn all they can about the inner workings of government, the history of the United States, the meaning of democracy, so that they too can become dissemblers of worthy information, and contribute to society, and eventually scribe lengthy and informative diatribes that win Pulitzers . . . I DON'T THINK SO.
And no, I don't think present atrocities, or any atrocities for that matter, are inexcusable. However, I do think that far too many are unavoidable. Man lusts for blood, man is greed. This has always been so and will continue until the final paramecium drops along with the rest of us into the deep black void. If you disagree with me, that is fine. But I would challenge you to fly off into a hot zone, where people are massacring each other, and do your damndest to stop it.
It's an easy thing, being broadminded, having the same opinion everyone else does-- racism is bad, the president is bad, politicians are no good, war is bad. Yeah, no shit. I think we need to look beyond the surface of things, and we need to do it fast. The main problem, to paraphrase William Faulkner, is that "the human heart [is] in conflict with itself." Solve this and you'll solve all of life's dilemmas.

3/29/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Robbie said...

Thank you Pink for writing such a beautiful and meaningful and heartfelt song!

4/01/2007 10:34:00 PM  

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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