L.A. needs more graffiti?

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Crispin Sartwell encourages the defacing of billboards and other public advertising in a piece on the L.A. Times op-ed page:

Advertising is the public expression of wealthy people and organizations. Graffiti is the public expression of people who are more or less broke. And that is exactly why advertising is authorized and graffiti is eradicated...

What I do endorse is the art of graffiti and the concept of culture jamming. If advertisers feel free to monopolize public space — from highways to the airwaves to the Internet — with their commercial messages, we ought to feel free to deface these messages, critique them and replace them with our own."

How about defacing some WS Playboy Crips "ads."

Other pundits around for a Monday:
*George Skelton gives Bustamante a big kiss. (LAT)
*Ron Brownstein examines Bush as a decision maker. (LAT)
*Chris Weinkopf memos Gray Davis from the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy." (Daily News)
*More dissection of the L.A. Times Poll on the recall by Mickey Kaus and Dave Jensen.
*Earl Ofari Hutchinson says blacks are nervous about Bustamante -- it's that "n-word" slip up and more. (Pacific News Service)

Expect a Weintraub posting (unless he's off) on Ueberroth later today. The candidate is stopping at the Bee for a chat. As always, see Rough and Tumble and other sites on the right side of this page for recall news and views.

Updated 8:46 a.m.


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