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New York photo: “open your mind”

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Graffiti spotted on the Upper East Side.


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  • Constable

    In the library where I study there is a desk that I sit at, it has a privacy wall in-between it and the desk in-front of it. This privacy wall is covered in writing and doodles. There are conversations that have sprung up between users of the desk, mostly jokes and petty insults but a few serious threads as well. What is it about walls, digital or otherwise, that compel us to write on them? I guess it’s a kind of immortality, a passing on of information. Our thoughts and feelings can live on long after we have passed. It’s like this pretentious and off-topic paragraph is one of my children, living on to influence others and spawning new ideas. Will it swim like a salmon, up this digital river that is the internet?

    Well, I’m in a weird mood this morning. I’ve always wanted to visit New York.

  • What is it about walls, digital or otherwise, that compel us to write on them?

    Whatever that impulse is, it’s at least 40,000 years old.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/science/ancient-indonesian-find-may-rival-oldest-known-cave-art.html?_r=0

  • Beowulf

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if there were hundreds more of these that the Elders of the time scrubbed off. “Damn kids! Now eat your mammoth”

  • Tonio Kruger

    Heh. I couldn’t help of thinking of this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN2VNFpiGWo

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