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Monday, July 13, 2015

Irony is dead

IMG_2700Billboard at the Atlanta Airport. I know nothing about EarthJustice; I just question their advertising strategy.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 13, 2015 at 03:32 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink

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The ad isn't very persuasive, but I didn't see the irony in the wood furniture either. At first I thought that maybe the irony was that when the paper is recycled the dyes from the photo would pollute waterways.

Posted by: AYY | Jul 15, 2015 1:00:09 PM

And I think of Joyce Kilmer's "Trees," especially when listening to a rendition of "Willow Weep for Me."

Posted by: Shag from Brookline | Jul 15, 2015 9:30:36 AM

I thought about the wood, but then came to the same conclusion - that not all wood is bad. But it reminds me of one of my favorite deep thoughts, by Jack Handey:

If trees could scream, would be so quick to cut them down?
Perhaps, if they screamed very loudly and all the time.

Posted by: Michael Risch | Jul 15, 2015 7:56:52 AM

I too did not see the irony, but the picture brought to mind Christopher Stone’s trailblazing “Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects,” 45 S. Cal. L. Rev. 450 (1972) and Stephen Wise’s book, Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals (Cambridge, MA: Perseus, 2001).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Jul 14, 2015 7:02:21 PM

I am soooooooooooooo stealing this.

Posted by: Ian Mark Sirota | Jul 14, 2015 4:09:29 PM

Forests can and are protected by means of appropriate harvesting. Sometimes "iron-y" can be "wood-y."

Posted by: Shag from Brookline | Jul 14, 2015 8:08:58 AM

Since when were environmentalists against wooden furniture? Presumably the courtroom isn't made out of old-growth timber...

Posted by: Kevin Jon Heller | Jul 14, 2015 3:57:26 AM

OK, maybe it was just me who was struck by the fact that the photo shows a (wood) gavel on a (wood) table in front of rows of (wood) chairs leading into the forest this group presumably wants to protect.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Jul 13, 2015 10:33:55 PM

Count me among those who have no clue what's ironic about it. Even after looking closely.

Posted by: Bryan G. | Jul 13, 2015 9:45:10 PM

Count me among those who have no clue what's ironic about it. Even after looking closely.

Posted by: Bryan G. | Jul 13, 2015 9:45:10 PM

Count me among those who have no clue what's ironic about it. Even after looking closely.

Posted by: Bryan G. | Jul 13, 2015 9:45:09 PM

Look closely at the photograph.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Jul 13, 2015 9:08:14 PM

Maybe irony is dead, because I don't get why this is ironic. I think it's a clever way to recruit lawyers into the public interest.

Posted by: Michael Risch | Jul 13, 2015 8:15:52 PM

It used to be known as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (which was separate from the Sierra Club)... Just like the NAACP and the NAACP LDF are independent organizations.

Posted by: GWJ | Jul 13, 2015 4:42:57 PM

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