Enough About Me

JMN2016, Puckering, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

JMN2016, Puckering, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

The Supreme Court in its five-four wiseness has ruled that money is speech and therefore protected under the “free” clause. I rule that image is language and therefore commentable under the “thoughts on art and language” clause. And thus I find that no matter how Zuckerberg cloaks his t-shirt with coat-and-tie he still looks and feels and parses like an underage Ken Doll minted in Silicon Valley, callow, shallow, deer-caught-in-the-lights-eyed, unwrinkled, banged, you know the look, it’s all over Kardashistan, and I respect him all the less for not having achieved a diploma from Harvard, so he’s rich, yes I’m envious, and yes I continue to shun F’book like bad breath, like the only-slightly-less-evil twin of Twitter, and a pox-de-deux on both their goonytunes, not on Z’berg personally, I don’t even know him, but yes, hard feelings.

Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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One Response to Enough About Me

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    “Money is speech”?! Is the the sinister twin of a company being a person? And this is why I still rather think selfishness is at the root of all out problems. They are arguing that action is speech. Is any slope too slippery? If money is speech, so is shooting bullets, because they mean the application of money, which is an action, is speech. I guess money laundering and counterfeiting are protected speech, then.

    Images are — when deliberately created by humans with the intent to be seen by others and appreciated — “speech” because there is such thing as visual language. In the last century in the art world we’ve stomped visual language to death, insisting rather that the idea is more important, and the idea is something separate from the visual art and belongs to verbal communication arising out of linguistics. But visual art, which can be appreciated regardless of ones spoken language, can and should be an alternative and a checks and balances on verbal language. The idea that the verbal argument lodged in visual art is more important than the visual message argues that a words is worth a thousand pictures.

    And making money, despite what Andy Warhol or Donald Trump say, is NOT the highest form of art, nor art at all. One might as well argue that murder is the highest form of art. Apparently stupidity is endless in a climate of anything goes, and everything is arbitrary and relative. [I’m starting to make tons of typos.]

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