Watergate and the Rosemary stretch.Like the magic bullet…eighteen minutes?
by Art Chantry ( firstname.lastname@example.org):
this is the actual tape recorder that rosemary woods was using when she did that “accidentally” erased that infamous “18-minute gap”. ever see her re-create the pose she would have to strike in order to accidentally erase the tape? she as a contortionist!
I always assumed (like i always do when i read things in the press) that this whole white house taping system was some sort of high tech piece of state-of-the-art gear that was only accessible to CIA or (the then unknown) NSA or something. turns out its a cruddy little panasonic or sony or something. real junk.
That sort of brings me back to the whole “fantasy vs. reality” thing. we always assume so much when we hear about something. we have great imaginations and we start to IMAGINE the scenario we hear about. the result is that we end up with grandiose conspiracy theories about what really happened. or that there really are ‘james bond’ guys out there with super secret extreme gear that can legally kill. that all rock stars and movie stars and celebrities are famous, therefore rich, as if fame=wealth. none of this stuff is true, but we will fight to the death to defend it because we ASSUME it’s the truth.
Truth is gray, not b&w. nothing is ever “true or false.” it’s all shades of gray. for example, yes we really did try to kill leaders of foreign nations (think “castro”), but we had such lame gear that it all failed. our invasions were lame, our initial planning stupid our execution amateur. even the people involved were all goombahs with much more fantasy than reality in their experiences. the “truth” is that it was all a big “dungeons and dragons” role playing game executed boys boys with toys (and power). lame in the extreme.
I’m in the business of fucking with people’s ideas and fantasies. it’s my job to use this language of graphic design – a language that everybody knows but nobody knows they know it. I use color and shape and line and form to make a viewer change their mind about something. for example, “yellow’ MEANS something in our minds. a ‘circle means something VERY different than a ‘square.’ a ‘rough’ line can say something utterly contradictory to a ‘smooth’ line.
These are my words and I put these words together into sentences and paragraphs and entire stories to change your mind. it may be as simple as ‘buy this product’, or “go to this event”. or it may be as insidious as “vote for this candidate” or “think this way about something”. that’s what I do, I fuck with people’s heads. for a client. who pays me to do it. I create the very very fantasies that induce the ‘marks’ into giving power (be it money or political) over to the client. I’m a tool. a hooker. a con artist. I create a sense of confidence in both the viewer AND the client. the client has the confidence in my ability to accomplish what they want. the viewer simply stupidly believe the reality I present. it’s my job to “con” (short for ‘con’fidence) people into giving me money to do what I do, which is to help the client gain power.
Some graphic designers aren’t even graphic designers. they’re SALESMEN who hire graphic designers to create what they sell. their name is on the door so they get the credit. they are (sometimes) world famous designers. but, they don’t design anything. they simply hire designers and ‘art direct’ them (if they have the time). ever wonder why so many graphic designers present such a wonderful ‘front, like they live a glamorous life of fame and luxury? ever meet anybody like that in reality?
#8217;s a con, to create confidence in the client and the public. the better the ‘public image’, the better the con, the more money they make. ever wonder how a famous graphic designer can retire and even die, yet still produce award winning work under their name. It’s called a studio, or ‘stable’. they’re name became a business entity and continues the con in perpetuity.
and you guys all ASSUME I’m a rich ‘artist.’ the jokes on you. like that 18-minute gap. sucker.