Klare Sprache, schwarze Tinte, weißes Papier: Mein Artikel über kleine amerikanische Kulturmagazine – ab heute in der Zeit

Oskar Piegsas Artikel "Klare Sprache, schwarze Tinte" Feuilleton der Zeit vom 13. Februar 2013

In Amerika gründen junge Ostküstenintellektuelle wieder Zeitschriften. Jacobin, zum Beispiel. Oder The Point oder The Baffler oder n+1. Eine Entwarnung für den Medienmarkt ist das nicht, aber ein Hoffnungsschimmer für die politische Kultur. Und: Um das zu lieben, muss man noch nicht mal das Internet hassen. Ausführlicher schreibe ich darüber im Feuilleton der aktuellen ZEIT (hier das Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe als PDF).

[Nachtrag 24.2.2013]: Inzwischen ist der Text auch online. And someone took the time to translate the article. Quite impressive!


Danger! Danger! Danger! A photo collection of places you need to be warned about in the United States


Danger signs at Ellis Memorial Children’s Park in the Back Bay neigborhood in Boston

It’s become a cliché to joke about Americans who need to be warned about everything – or else they’ll sue you. I don’t know how often I’ve heard people ridicule the »Caution Hot Beverage« warnings that come printed on paper cups. Hot Beverage? Gosh, you Americans! What else do you expect when you order a coffee to go?

Without knowing her name, we’ve all heard about Stella Liebeck in Europe. A lady who sues McDonald’s because she hasn’t been warned that the coffee she ordered is served at a hot temperature: We find that hilarious. Turns out, if you do a little research on the »hot coffee lawsuit«, the details aren’t so funny after all (here’s a quick primer).

Still, on a recent trip down the East Coast, I was struck by how many danger signs one sees just walking in the streets of American cities. Inevitably, the old cliché popped up again: Everywhere you look in the United States, there’s danger, advertised in bright colors. No wonder you Americans hold your guns so dear!

I started taking pictures of this strange and foreign cultural phenomenon – and leaving out overly repetitive ones, here’s a selection of a few personal favorites:


A danger sign in the Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, pt. 1


A danger sign in the Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, pt. 2

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Things to Consider For 2010: Fighting Illegal Advertisement by Applying Illegal Art…

New York City is covered with illegal billboards and advertisements. One random day, civilians decided to take back the public space by covering over 120 illegal billboards with original works of art.

…by Public Ad Campaign, an initiative dedicated to  »Expanding Curatorial Responsibilities in the City.«

[via The Anti-Advertising Agency]