Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V2 #123

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Fri, 9 May 1997 12:36:39 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 9 May 1997, Reed Konsler wrote:

> From: Richard Brodie <>
> Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 16:19:53 -0700
> Subject: RE: FW: virus: MEME UPDATE #7: Subliminal Meming
> Eva wrote:
> >I'm an artist and very detail-oriented, and even
> >with his descriptions of the images in hand, I couldn't pick out a
> >single
> >genital organ or boldface "SEX" from those grainy ads. I suspended
> >judgement, generously allowing that it might be a publication problem,
> >rather than rather than a paranoid delusion on Keys' part.
> You wont have any problem picking them out in this book!
> -----
> Oh shit! I wish I had saved it...
> There is this Visa (Mastercard? effectiveness of branding is advertizing
> is very low) print ad in which credit cards from around the world were
> reproduced reduced and arranged in a grid. The cool effect was that at a
> distance the collage looked like George Washington's portrait. I found the
> effect fascinating enough that a spent time examining it in the same way
> you see kids in an art museum running towards and away from a Cerat in an
> art museum.
> Anyway the point is that the meta-meaning "Geroge Washington" was assembled
> from the component credit cards which did not, as seperate have any such
> meaning.

I'm not sure exactly how this relates, but if you fold the image of George
Washington on a dollar bill correctly, you can produce a fairly graphic
image of an erect penis.

> I wonder, from this perspective, if Keys in his Fourth book, has taken
> advantage of new advanced in computer "image enhancing" to make the phallus
> in his eye more obvious to ours...given that his past attempts have met
> with limited success. It would be interesting to compare the actual ads as
> transmitted to the images as reproduced in Keys' book.

Admittedly a possibility. Wanting to check the original ads was one of my
first thoughts too.

who is about to be employed properly and is very happy about it