Saturday, August 16, 2003


I really dislike almost any form of political or religious message on a car, whether in bumper sticker form or some other medium, such as the metallic Jesus fish. The only ones I like at all are those that make fun of others, such as the metallic Darwin fish (which I admit has officially outlasted its funniness phase). But at least the original versions of both the Jesus and Darwin fish gave tailgaters some intellectual credit. To understand the original two-stroke fish, you at least have to know what the symbol means (though you may not know its early Christian history and so on). Likewise for the two-stroke-with-legs Darwin fish. But now they insist on spelling it out for you, literally: the symbols almost always have the letters “JESUS” or “DARWIN” crammed inside. So much for subtlety.

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