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Verizon to sue protestors (satire)
04 Oct 2000
In the wake of the huge protests in Boston against the two party debates, the national communications conglomerate, Verizon, is suing all liable protestors with trademark infringement. At many instances during the many street demonstrations and direct actions that occurred on October 3rd in Boston many protestors were seen waving the registered "V" hand gesture of Verizon at many points during the day.
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got me
05 Oct 2000
With the way things have been going lately (Digital Convergence,, etc), I really thought this was legit for the first paragraph. Hilarious.
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I almost believed it!
05 Oct 2000
That was great! I really believed it, because it wouldn't suprise me if something like that happened. I just hoped that no one gets any "ideas"
05 Oct 2000
Nice one, Had me fooled till the line about"people saying the peace sign being around for years are crazy".....Who says that activists don't have a sense of humour? If my journalistic history memory serves me correctly, some of the first print activism in the US (colonies that is under English suppression), the use of political cartoons to satirize the crown and make the populous aware of what England was doing to the colonies. So this is a definite example of that kind of journalistic activism...(I too hope that Verizon doesn't get any ideas
And yes keep on smiling.
Peace, and keep onusing that registered corporate gesture;
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the V in other cultures
05 Oct 2000
love the satire, but just wanted to point out that the "V" isn't universally peace and nonviolence. In tthe US it is, but I visited Ireland for the first time a few years ago, and it means fuck you there. I didn't get it at first, seeing motorists giving other motorists the "V". really weird, how it's completely opposite there.
middle finger trademark
05 Oct 2000
In a related development, the Commitee for the Presidential Debates has just registered the extended middle finger image as a proprietary symbol. According to one spokesperson, " It represents not only how we feel about other's freedom to express opinions in an open forum, but what we and our corporate financial supporters will promise to continue doing to the American people".
Re: the V in other cultures
05 Oct 2000
As I understand it, there is a very important difference between the peace sign and the British "fuck you" sign. The peace sign has the palm out while the other has the palm in.

The "V" with palm out also means "victory". Winston Churchill did this a lot during WW2, as an encouragement. It makes an interesting double meaning. Peace & victory in one gesture.

Re: the V in other cultures
05 Oct 2000
I actually lived in London for six months last year and am happy that I finally have a chance to legitimately divulge some of the useless tidbits I came across while living there...
Yankee Imperialist was right in that the peace sign is palm out and the 'V' sign is palm in. The 'V' gesture, however, (as I learned from numerous sources) came about sometime around the 13th century when Britain and France were at war. The British had incredible archers and were hammering the French, so much so that when a Brit was taken prisoner the French would cut off his first two fingers, thus making it impossible for him to draw the string on a bow-and-arrow. When all the free Brits caught wind of this they began to taunt the Frenchmen on the battlefield by raising their two fingers in the air, basically saying, 'Fuck you! You're not getting these!'
So, the gesture is actually a sign of resistance and may have more relevence to our movement today than most would think. And the great part is, 90% of the people you gesture to won't know what the hell you're doing. (That's in America anyway, in most of the rest of the world, especially the british commonwealth, it's recognised as something equivelent to the middle finger here.)
V was used by Winston Churchill first.
10 Oct 2000
When we were occupied ( in Holland) by the Germans from 1940 until 1945, our hopes were kept alive by a man Winston Churchill, who raised his fingers in a V sign to show us that there would be "Victory" in the end.
Now some money grabbing executive of some telephone company want to claim the V sign as copyrighted.
Some day some sex maniac wants to copyright Mona Lisa's smile for a deodorant company.
I say, Verizon improve your services and stay out of the heat.
regards, frans