Billboard Parodies FOX News


On Monday, a billboard on Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Santa Monica, CA went up that included an image of a shadowy Uncle Sam figure controlling a newscaster puppet. The accompanying headline reads, "Shox News Channel: We Distort, You Comply." The billboard, created by political artist Karen Fiorito, is said to parody monopolistic corporate media and is the second billboard created by the outspoken Fiorito who says her work is designed to explore the relationship between politics, propaganda and art.

Fiorito explains her fascination with billboards, "Art belongs to the masses, not only in galleries or museums. I take my art to the street in order to make my voice heard by all people, regardless of race or gender. Art plays a subversive role in society, offering an alternative narrative to the dominant culture. With this project, as with all of my art works, I hope to initiate a dialog in the community, not only about political issues, but also about the assumption that art and politics do not mix."

Yikes. That's a lot of words. We were just satisfied to see another joke played on FOX. Accompanying the billboard is a website which will solicit viewer comments. Fiorito tells us this project was made possible by a generous grant from the Puffin Foundation.

by Steve Hall    Jun-22-05   Click to Comment   
Topic: Outdoor, Spoofs   

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Living in the uk, I decided once to watch Fox News... I have never been so staggered by the absolute bias, truth bending, scare tactics and shock tactics of a channel in my life.

No wonder US citizens are running scared of everyone and everything.

Posted by: Rob Mortimer on June 26, 2005 10:06 PM

Shouldn't billboard companies be under the same shroud of decency for its commmunity? Would a top rated television station sell on air advertising to just any street propaganda artist to push a political view? I doubt it. There would be too much feedback and they have too much class. I'd like to see tougher scrutiny put on other forms of media like this spineless billboard company.

Posted by: Jasdanser on June 27, 2005 11:37 AM

I haven't seen US citizens running scared of everyone and everything and I live here. Besides, Mr. Mortimer has been so far up the ying yang all these years watching the leftist biased tv he wouldn't be able to tell an honest network if he saw one.

Posted by: Jasdanser on June 27, 2005 11:40 AM

Running scared? Of everyone and everything? Hardly what the US was built upon and hardly the US I know and love. Read a history book, you pretentious Socialist.

Posted by: jjj on June 27, 2005 6:49 PM

Heh, glad you are all completely unbiased in your views too.

I watch both left and right media (including co-Murdoch owned Sky News) actually, and form my opinions from the evidence on both sides. Hence the reason why watching Fox News was so shocking, even when compared to our right wing media...

And of course not every citizen is running in the street screaming, but the sense of paranoia (at least in all the images of america I can find) on any channel point to a population running scared.

Posted by: Rob Mortimer on June 27, 2005 9:33 PM

It only provides free advertising.

Posted by: justin on June 28, 2005 3:39 AM