Maybe it’s the ideological divide that runs down that imaginary Mason-Dixon line called Academy Boulevard. Or maybe it’s the pyramid power of Pikes Peak. Whatever it is, people in Colorado Springs love bumperstickers and obviously believe abundantly in their power to communicate identity, political ideas, music preferences and cute things about dogs and cats. For months we’ve been collecting photos, analyzing and categorizing the “genres” of bumpersticker personality types and have compiled this very important report for you.

(Please send us your bumpersticker photos to thebigsomething@krcc.org if you wish to add breadth or depth to our still-nascent order of all things bumpersticker.)

 

6 Responses to Bumpersticker Babylon

  1. daisy says:

    Best quote, “When I start getting really confused I get excited”. Love this one, we are unique in this crazed bumper sticker culture, amazing how polarization can drive bumper sticker sales and use.

  2. drew says:

    Am I the only one a little depressed by that this is what has come to substitute for legitimate public dialog in the modern day?

  3. Gary says:

    Bumper stickers are about the only way a non-rightwing American can express their opinions these days. The corporate news organizations wont allow expression of liberal or progressive ideas. Politicians run claiming to support the citizens, then throw money at the Bank-sters, while those same crooks throw citizens from their homes. Candidates promise peace, then fund more secret and not-so-secret wars. Preachers call for “brotherly loved”,then damn the gays and lesbians; and call for Holy War against the other guy’s church.
    The only place we can express OUR outrage in on the bumper of our car. ( some restrictions apply in Florida, New York and possibly other states).

  4. Sami says:

    I’m with Drew. And to add a little fuel to the fire, here’s a recent study that indicates the more bumper stickers someone plasters on his/her car (regardless of message), the more prone to road rage that person is. Seems that expressing every opinion via bumper sticker is akin to marking your territory.

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/labnotes/archive/2008/06/16/bumper-sickers-road-rage.aspx

  5. Mike Procell says:

    On a somewhat lighter note, I had a friend growing up whose mom literally did “brake for butterflies” when she drove – nearly killed us all one fine day..

  6. Deanna says:

    All is well until your six-year old reads, “Fighting for Peace is like Screwing for Vadindity”. That last word was his “walking while reading” version of virginity. Fortunately, his words per minute decrease when on foot and he had to fill in the gap. I am not a prude, and am very fond of peace and screwing, but I am reluctant to explain beyond a Planet Earth description of mating, and furthermore, what you are termed as a human animal when you have yet to mate. We should consider all literate beings when expressing ourselves. Inquiring young minds want to know. That being said, bumper stickers certainly make me smile.

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