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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 08:11 PM
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"Crosshair in the Crosshair"
fot those that can stomach another conversation about crosshairs... this from a designer's point of view


"Like the arrow or the circle, the crosshair focuses our attention and prepares us for a message. Unlike the arrow or the circle, both of which focus our attention but without yet suggesting why, the crosshair tells us exactly why: whats in the crosshair is in mortal danger. Even those of us who have never looked through a gun scope know from movies and magazines exactly what the crosshair is and what it means. It means someones got a gun. Someones aiming that gun. And someone else is gonna get shot....As propaganda, the crosshair is a symbol of presumption, not persuasion. The crosshair narrows the world into a single viewpoint, into the x/y axes of lethal intent, and I refuse that Cartesian carnage. The crosshair can devolve into a tool of fanatic ideology, promoting a worldview so narrow that it contains nothing else but the object of derision. Someone who layers a crosshair over something or someone is basically shoving a scope in the viewers eye and trying to say, There is no outside world. There is only an object on the other side of the crosshair. See it. Shoot it....Using the crosshair this way marks the end of thinking, not the beginning. The crosshair is the sentence, not the consideration. Its death, not deliberation, and so theres nothing to talk about. In this way, the crosshair backfires."

http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/crosshair-in-the-crosshair
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 08:14 PM
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1. I thought we were trying to have an "Ignore ____ _____ Week"?
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EV_Ares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 08:19 PM
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2. Maybe those crosshairs are on Todd now.
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 08:22 PM
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3. Mama Grizzly might be putting crosshairs on Todd's pubic hairs
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 09:55 PM
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4. Interesting "symbolic" interpretation



"Us" and "them" at its core






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