Off Topic: The Official Photographer of Failure

Posted in Off Topic by DCroy on 25 November 2008

I’m feeling less bad about using everyone else’s research now that I’ve become that horrible neologism a “prosumer.” It’s not entirely my fault, though – I blame the Internet. Two photos I took of a now-signless, but formerly iconic Crenshaw neighborhood Ford dealership have been used to illustrate the troubles of the auto industry, in two separate articles. I’ve never been so damn zeitgeisty and it’s freaking me out a little.

Freakonomics

From the Freakonomics blog

And from Wired.com:

 

From wired.com

From wired.com

By the way, the sign was rather unceremoniously thrown away. At least its image lives on as a metaphor for failure.

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