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November 07, 2002

Fledgling Activists or Fashion Models?- the Diesel clothing company has a new ad campaign which uses images of punk and street protest to create a campy yet edgy image for their products. The Diesel website is modeled on a 'zine meets Indymedia style, and advocates action and protest on such weighty issues as "plant more flowers" and "respect your mom." The site seems to endorse protest as a means of carpeing the diem and expressing your campy lovey passion. Yes, I'd love it if I could spend all my free time on fashionable jeans and goofy protest signs about bowling, but I've got more serious things to worry about.

One of the downsides of commercial free speech is its ability to destroy the significance of any and all words, phrases, images and symbols, by equating each and every one of them with sales. When the last word crawls gasping and bloody and clinging to life, a marketing team will sedate it, dissect it into tiny bits, and sell the last word organs at a discount table at a brightly lit department store.

Words have power.

Words are dangerous.

Some people support free speech with the arguments that there's no need to worry about restricting speech because it is essentially harmless, sticks and stones and all that. Bullshit. I know the power words have to create and destroy, and I support free speech anyway. It's the Wild West and everyone's packing linguistic revolvers.

That's fine by me, cuz I'm a goddam Gunslinger.

I think that's an important point, the dangerous necessity of free speech. I'll muse about it again some other day.

In the meantime, someone please do me a favor and hack the Diesel website.

Thank you.

Posted by Jake at 01:35 PM
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god. i would if i knew how, man. they are so fucking evil. I've hated their ad campaign for as long as I can remember. mining the "activist-cool aesthetic" for all it's worth.

seriously, anyone out there who knows how--please do it.

Posted by: michele at November 7, 2002 02:09 PM

God, that's awful. I do hate advertising manipulators - with all of my heart and soul.

L

Posted by: lisa at November 7, 2002 02:26 PM

Free speech is allowed as along as it doesn't really do damage (and may even benefit the status quo). That's why Rumsfeld smugly tells us that the antiwar activists that crashed one of his briefings could only yell and scream in America and not in certain enemy countries.

Besides, when speech is truly dangerous to the status quo, it tends to be suppressed through private censorship, pressure, random death threats, etc. Call me a pessimist.

Posted by: Eric at November 7, 2002 10:15 PM


We're not living in a democratic society, as Jake has pointed out earlier; it's a capitalitic oligarchy, and now ad culture owns (not merely co-opts--those days have come and gone) not only our language but our very political lifeblood: the fucking bill of rights. The free speech clause has been warped to protect the interests of the rich and the commercial to such a degree that small towns whose city councils have refused to allow billboards in their city limits are now being forced by companies into erecting the ads--all in the name of free speech. The free speech of the citizens of the town don't matter, of course. They don't have the cash to back it up. Only the ad companies do.

The land of the free--as long as you have enough bank to self-promote.

Posted by: michele at November 8, 2002 09:34 AM

I am glad that there are some people out there who find diesel's little bullshit protest sales campaign just that,, bullshit. I will add my nomination to the "if you can, would you please, hack diesel and show them what protest is" movement.
Fuck diesel (hey,, that might make a good shirt)

Posted by: Dr.Mcgurk at December 18, 2002 09:32 AM

EVIL BAD AND WRONG!

Posted by: Cat at February 4, 2003 02:53 AM

EVIL BAD AND WRONG!

Posted by: Cat at February 4, 2003 02:53 AM

I don't think this is a bad thing. Diesel aren't having a go at protestors but in a way just making the point that if you want to achieve anything then you have to take action to get it. The issues they protest for might seem to negate 'real' issues but at the end of the day I don't think they chose these to insult real protestors but to support them without taking any specific political standpoint.

Posted by: Steve at March 10, 2003 08:57 AM

your all fucking gay, and no one gives a shit, so shut the fuck up.:no one cares..........get a life

Posted by: Brett j at October 30, 2003 08:55 AM

I like how Diesel made every dork on this site think....brilliant! I guess you got the messege!

Posted by: John at November 2, 2003 06:08 PM

i think that diesel is a waste of money! you pay all that money for a piece of material that you would find much cheeper without the brand name. I bet if you walked into a store that wasnt brand name that you would find that exact piece of material and you would say to your self what the hell is wrong with me i could of bought this $100.00 cheeper but i chose to be an idiot and waste my money on something so worth less its not even funny!

Posted by: brit at November 29, 2003 06:36 PM

what about the new campaign?
i hate it even more, work hard to open a can! work hard opening the door!

for succesful living..... it is soooooooo discriminant

Posted by: o at December 8, 2003 06:33 PM
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