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Famous anonymous street/graffiti artist, Banksy, on advertising:

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
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That's not source, thats just a picture of some text. Where did Banksy write it?
 
But, Banksy reworking someone else's work and making it his own seems quite fitting.
 
I have heard a very similar point of view from other graff writers. I use to dabble in graffiti myself and I must say I agree. Street art can be beautiful when done right.
 
Wonder if Google falls under this description.
 
+Harry Koutsogiorgas - Couchell Google is an advertising agency. That's their business model and how they make their money. They also happen to make good products to deliver those ads to you with.
 
Absolutely brilliant comment. Thanks for reposting.
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