I’ve been thinking a lot about how a lot of the examples we’ve been discussing in class are meant to intersect or reframe every day life. Graffiti and street are are kinds of new media I often forget to include in activist media. In reality, people have been using graffiti as a form of activist new media for thousands of years as a way to tell stories. In relationship to gentrification, I think that the use of street art is particularly poignant because it is literally occupying the space that is being taken over. Here are a few examples I found particularly powerful:

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** image via citylab.com

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** image via deviantart.com

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** image via ny.curbed.com

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  1. Love this! Also I think one aspect of graffiti that is sort of implied, but worth mentioning, is that it is mostly illegal on public property. (I say mostly because some cities, like Portland, Maine…or Pomona’s Walker Wall… have designated spots for graffiti….whatever effect that has) I wonder if the illegality of graffiti lends it particularly well to radical messages? After-all, we have “free speech”, but certain messages are endorsed more than others in mainstream mass media

  2. benliang02033 says:

    The first picture was really funny,(though i didn’t get its point). The Graffiti seems painted randomly, but i think it was really powerful. People influence by it unintentionally. Everyday people just pass by them and give them a glimpse, but after times go, these image and information just rooted in people’s mind. Well, but it damage the public facilities, so i didn’t see too much graffiti in China….

  3. I agree. I think that it interesting that when we talk about media and its relationship with social change, we often, or at least I do, overlook graffiti. I think it is an extremely powerful and most often beautiful way to spread awareness and promote change, even if it is illegal in many spaces.

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