Normative Signs: The Poetry of "Ought"

In which the author finds beauty in how people tell other people what to do.

Stop-Sign Jamming

stop_harperI hesitate to start a new category (new for this blog) of normative signs that have been modified (enhanced? defaced?).

Here’s a STOP sign that has had the name of Canada’s Prime Minister added. It’s worth noting, I suppose, that this modification does little or nothing to change the impact of the stop sign itself.

Should we call this “norm jamming,” by way of analogy to culture jamming?

(Thanks to Sheldon Wein for the picture.)

You MUST Push the Button

push_buttonThis one is in Washington, DC. (That’s the Capitol in the background.)

Exactly what’s being demanded here seems to depend on how you parse the sentence. Is it “You must [push the call button and thereby call for walk signal] before daring to cross the street”, or is it merely “You must push the call button IF you want the walk signal”?

Thanks to Wayne for sending this.