Published: Wednesday, May 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Advertising is grease for the economy. It helps it to get going and then run.Oil wells aren't as beautiful as trees, but I wouldn't want to
do without them. Likewise with forms of advertising including billboards.
This letter is correct in its condemnation of these billboards for their
unattractiveness. However, it does not go far enough.To put it
simply, these billboards do not reflect the values of the community. By and
large, these ads for breast augmentation and liposuction dominate the billboards
and create the impression that this is a community obsessed with wanton
sexuality.These billboards must go. The fact that they make a minor
contribution to the economy is irrelevant. Do we really want to sell the soul of
this community for thirty pieces of silver?
Thanks your repub legislators. Billboards are their babies.
The Billboard companies lobby like crazy and get what they want.
Advertising often performs a useful and necessary service to the consumers of
America, and that includes most of us. However, too much of a good thing is,
just as often, as much pain as benefit. If rules prevent commercial
advertising in the public square, then we must ask who owns the air above
private property, who owns the sky and who owns the view. Years ago
we had a great view of the valley. Then a chicken place erected a huge bucket
advertising their store and damaging our view. Later our view is gone as a
large medical building took the place of the bucket. In the vein of
private property and my home is my castle, does someone have the right to hop my
property line and invade my life with visual trespass? In the case
of freedom, does one persons freedom to do as he pleases on and above his own
property exceed my freedom to not be pestered by commercials?I think
we need to have this discussion before the technology reaches the point where
advertising can project it’s message on the sky itself or even the side of
To "Counter Intelligence" lets go with your plan. Then, once we have
eliminated the evil billboards, we can get rid of the next most intrusive form
of advertising. We will be set up to eliminate those big signs that stores put
on their building that advertise their names and sometimes include information
on sales or contact information for businesses. We can then to make it so that
we don't have to see those evil signs advertising businesses on the fronts
of buildings, we can require that the outside of the store simply state what
they sell, such as Food, Bread, Meat, Tires, Travel, or whatever they sell. It
will be glorious, just like in the former USSR.
Billboards are really just a tacky, bush-league way to advertise -- there is
something inherently "Las Vegas-esque" about them.In short,
they are little more than another example of the corporatocracy's ongoing
quest to exploit the community for one more buck . . .
Redshirt1701Deep Space 9, UtSeems like your counter argument
is always to take things to the horrible extreme. If some one says they want to
hop, you have them bumping into the Moon.
True! Salt Lake looks like Tiajuana Mexico or Mumbai, India with all the
tacky billboards.If someone wants a breast augmentation, or a
Lap-Dance – They can find that without needing ½ dozen signs up and
down the inter-state telling them where to find it.Billboards tell
me exactly who NOT to patronize.
@Redshirt1701Deep Space 9, UtTo "Counter Intelligence" lets
go with your plan. Then, once we have eliminated the evil billboards…. It will be glorious, just like in the former USSR.============== Good morning RedShirt.Looks like your All-or-Nothing Extremism is
once again set on Maximum….Elimination of Billboards is Salt
Lake City leads America to become the former USSR?Seriously, your
leaps of outer-extremism are astounding to say the least.
Amen to this letter! Get rid of billboards, and let the economics fall where
they may. The valley will be more beautiful, will get more visitors, will have
a better reputation, will be a more pleasant place to live.What's not to like?
Can one of you anti-billboard people tell me what the difference is between the
billboards lining the freeways and the large business signs that line the
freeway?They both advertise a business, and are typically built on
private land.Also, if billboards are wrong because they are unwanted
advertisements that you cannot avoid, what about the smaller blue signs along
the freeways that list local fast food, gas stations, and hotels? They
accomplish the same thing, yet you have no problem with that.
@Redshirt1701Deep Space 9, UtCan you antibillboard people tell me
the difference between the billboards and the large business signs that line the
freeway?...what about the smaller bluesigns along freeways that list
fastfood, gas, and hotels?12:49 p.m. May 9, 2012============== Why do I bother to waste my time?....One identifies a
business's location i.e., the name of the business on the building itself.
From the ancient Greeks when people would literally "Hang a Shingle"
with words or symbols to inform passersby know who in town did what and
where.The other [billboard] is a sign, posted far and away from the
business location for the express purpose of drawing attention to, re-directing,
or attempting to arouse or entice a sale of one's product or service.whilst The blue signs at freeway exits are public awareness
signs to inform travels of services available at THAT exit - Food, Shelter,
& Gas. They have strict size and shape guidelines, are co-located and
grouped together in a neat and orderly fashion -- to inform and NOT distract.
Not even the same thing.But you already know that, you
are just arguing for argument's sake.
To "Counter Intelligence" and "LDS Liberal" thanks for your
responses. Basically you both have said the same thing. It isn't that you
don't like big ugly signs, it is that you don't like businesses
advertising in a way that offends you.You both show your hypocrisy
in admitting that having signs paid for by the government to advertise local
businesses that are not adjacent to the freeway is ok, while a private company
doing the same thing is not ok.For example, there are signs along
I-15 for hospitals that display current wait times, private businesses own and
operate those signs, yet the information that is provided is valueable to a
person in an emergency and is in need of a hospital.So, tell us why
a billboard that is purchased and owned by a private company is bad, and a
roadside sign that is purchased and owned by the government is ok. Both
advertise businesses, and are intended to direct people to goods and services
they may need.To summarize your statements. The only difference is
size, and ownership. So again, why are billboards so wrong?
I visited your state recently, had the occasion to drive from SLC to Provo and
back, and personally experienced the "barrage of billboards" lining
I15.I can understand the (valid) arguments for and against the
signs, but I will tell you that they really give your state a "trashy"
"low class" feel. I travel a lot, and can't think of another place
with such a high concentration of "in your face" billboards. You are competing with ski destinations around the globe for visitors; your
omnipresent billboards can't be helping.
@Redshirt: you are missing the boat on this one. Billboards should go. Also, how are billboards any different that any other distraction that people
complain about? Billboards take your eyes off the road so it's a
distraction, especially the ones that change over.....
And I thought that businesses would do the right thing without the government
telling them what to do.Ok, not really. There are
municipalities that limit billboards. And it is a much cleaner look.But, it does take govt regulations.
I agree. Billboards should come down.
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