05 February 2009

striking a pose

According to the Associated Press, the Obama poster created by Shepard Fairey was a violation of copyright. They, and the lawyers they’ve hired, say it was taken from a photo that is their property. The media outlet reporting the story encourages readers to go to a website and make their own “Shepard Fairey-style posters.”

I decided to give it a try. I wanted to find an appropriately “upward and onward” photo of myself—something that would portray me as noble and reflective—something awe-inspiring. The result, as I suspected, proved fine enough in its ability to make me look like a poser. (If we can’t laugh at ourselves, what good are we?)

But to give it the label “poser” wasn’t sufficiently pretentious; I needed to use the original French terminology for full effect.

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