Extra, 4/20/09: Can this sordid affair come to its end? Perhaps… I remove the offending stickers…
Nearly a month ago, I received the following e-mail from Sterry Butcher of the Big Bend Sentinel:
May I make a respectful request that you discontinue placing West Texas Weekly stickers all over Marfa? I’ve encountered them on phone poles, windows, at stoplights and even on my 12-pack of coke that was bought at a convenience store.
I understand that stickers are fun, cheap forms of getting the word out about your website, but I found three of them stuck to the exterior of the post office’s bulletin board. It’s sorta overkill and you run the risk of turning people *off* from your site. They do not peel off easily and half the sticker stays on the surface of whatever you put it on.
Honestly, I’m not a huge crank normally. Kudos to you for creating the site and trying to make it accessible and known. Enough with the stickers, though, please.
This is a respectful request, and I appreciate the concern for Marfa’s aesthetic environment. I will stop using stickers to my site in Marfa if ten people 1) who live in Marfa and 2) who do not work in print journalism comment negatively to that effect on this post.
I do not intend to make this community that I love ugly, rather my aim is to promote the culture and events that make this an amazing destination.
I hope that my site and my promotion of the site serve a utilitarian purpose. Frankly, I feel that concrete electric poles, diesel trucks, and trains disturb the visual and aural peace and quiet of Marfa much more than a 3″x2″ sticker can. However, trains and trucks bring diffuse benefits to the community that outweigh their nuisance factor.
Similarly, I think the mild nuisance of seeing a sticker affixed to a pay phone is outweighed by the public forum I provide the people of Marfa. If many people feel strongly the other way, the stickers are gone.
Does the Sentinel use 100% post-consumer recycled paper for its print runs? Some people may think that the environmental impact caused by massive amount of newsprint advertising in landfills isn’t outweighed by the information that newspapers provide. Personally, however, I think that a well-informed populace is worth this sacrifice.
To put this in perspective, I am not defacing a work of art; I am putting a flier up on a god-awful ugly utility pole.
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