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Going Viral Today Are We? [Mar. 14th, 2008|02:35 pm]
kyle cassidy
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reddit.com and del.icio.us both picked up a blog post on funtasticus about Armed America and it's in the top 10 on both of those. Last time the blogosphere went crazy about this, my book wasn't out and I always thought we'd missed out. Who knows, we might get a second chance on the ride.

Of course, feel free to blog about the funtasticus blog or the lj blog post :-)

All any artist can hope for is that their work gets seen by people who'd like to see it. I've been very lucky, not just in this, but in everything. It's been a good life.

*** EDIT ****

* Scalzi's blog picked it up too
* Cynical blog picked it up
* Josh Kamler's Tiny Gigantic picked it up.
* Al Power picked it up. and says that "you can immediately see the photographer was aiming to shock viewers by portraying gun owners as nut-jobs" -- which I sadly take exception to.
* Sinnick on LJ picked it up
* Johnsenclan picked it up.</a>
* Trader Eyal picked it up.
* Toby Central
* g-lide on livejournal picked it up (in Russian)
* picked it up (also in Russian)
* Pieterb's blog picked it up
* Blogsdon calls it "some really great portraits"

* Angry Indian picked it up.

*** EDIT ***
My amazon.com sales ranking just jumped from 50,000 to 7,907

# jonathan
March 14th, 2008 - 5:08 pm e

If the purpose of Art is a “springboard for spiritual contemplation” these are highly successful photos.

If you’re anti-gun, a picture of toddlers “toddling” with guns will shock-and/or-incite action in you, if you’re pro-gun you’ll note how the majority of these folks are practicing decent gun safety (unloaded, pointed down or up, finger off the trigger) and also note how many of these folks have a LOT of “dangerous” guns and seemingly no issues…

If you don’t know or have mixed opinions about the issue, these images will compel you to dig deeper for your own understanding of the subject… this… ladies and gents, is art’s highest purpose.

March 14th, 2008 - 5:20 pm e

Way to select the most white-trash-looking people possible! Almost everyone I know owns firearms, but not a single one of ‘em looks as white-trash as any of these folks. I would question the selection process here–definitely looks agenda-driven.

# Drewon 14 Mar 2008 at 12:37 pm

Quote from above:
“While gun nuts that feel the need to own enough gear to equip an infantry fire team do scare me a bit, I can kind of understand the mindset…each item has it’s own purpose and its own appeal.”

That’s it. For what it’s worth, I’m a die-hard liberal/constitutionalist who votes for Democrats almost all the time — and I vote almost all the time. I’m also a gun owner.

I think that gun violence is a major problem. I actually think that the gun ownership/gun control debate is a lot more nuanced that the NRA and the gun control advocates make it.

I don’t see any conflict between gun ownership and belief in Christianity either. I’m positive there’s nothing in the bible that prohibits hunting, target shooting, or other peaceful (to the humans, at least) uses. Now, murder with a firearm (or any other implement) is pretty well prohibited in both testaments — not to mention local, state, and federal laws.

For me, the more interesting aspect of the book is how people read it — the semiology of it. What do the guns in the picture signify? What do the other features signify? What does that say about the people interpreting those signals?

Maybe Umberto Eco will drop by and contribute.

# davedavedave

they're really good "straight" portraits, they pass no judgement, the models look as if they posed themselves, and they came to him. it's super interesting work about the culture of masculinity and to a lesser extent jingoism of some americans.

* slipstream_chan

[snip] ... this photo spread is ten kinds of cool, and I'm liberal six ways to Sunday!


[User Picture]From: playright
2008-03-14 06:56 pm (UTC)
I hope this brings your sales up and some attention to your photography as well.
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[User Picture]From: magickcat
2008-03-14 07:06 pm (UTC)
That Jonathan comment just made me think of my Pearl Jam t-shirt that I got about a million years ago.
It shows a child, and a gun, and a box of crayons. The child is picking up the crayons and ignoring the gun and it says something lik e"9 out of 10 children prefer crayons to guns" but so many people freaked out just because there was a kid and a gun. (Gotta wonder what would happen if they saw teh video for 'Jeremy')
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[User Picture]From: luminel
2008-03-14 07:18 pm (UTC)
The comments are varied and interesting- you could publish a book just on the response to the book! So great!
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[User Picture]From: ersigh
2008-03-14 07:26 pm (UTC)
I think the best thing about the book is the all the response to it. Sometimes I cringe at some of the conversations but even those are interesting to consider at some level. Humans spend so much time reacting to things according to stereotype, it is something to see when someone reconsiders after having that stereotype redefined in a direct and honest way.
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[User Picture]From: ckershenblatt
2008-03-14 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm ready for even more convergence, man: Hilary & Obama, in Philly, each joining in on the Armed America debate. Obama winning points for mentioning Milla.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-03-14 07:46 pm (UTC)
she has not. if she rings looking for me, pass along my info.
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[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2008-03-14 07:36 pm (UTC)
wow. looks like you didn't miss out at all! what started this crazed frenzy?!?!?!? no matter, it's pretty freakin' cool, dude!
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[User Picture]From: petitbout
2008-03-14 07:38 pm (UTC)
I hope it continues to challenge people to think and see and discuss your work . . . and, of course, that it causes your sales figures to skyrocket!
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[User Picture]From: prisbatty
2008-03-14 09:04 pm (UTC)
"theres no such thing as bad press"
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[User Picture]From: hennepin
2008-03-14 08:06 pm (UTC)
Al Power edited his post based on a comment he received and after listening to the audio recording of some of the subjects in the book.

Here's hoping life just gets better and better!
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[User Picture]From: crowyhead
2008-03-14 08:08 pm (UTC)
I "dug" it on digg.com - dunno if that'll make a difference or not, but hey.
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[User Picture]From: crowyhead
2008-03-14 08:09 pm (UTC)
BTW, did you know that bizarrely, the Free Library only has one copy of the book in the system, and it's missing? I'm trying to figure out which Materials Management person I talk to about getting a copy at Blackwell (formerly West Philadelphia) Regional.
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[User Picture]From: petitbout
2008-03-15 02:02 pm (UTC)
I guess it will need to be placed in the "reference not to be checked out" group.
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[User Picture]From: lxbean
2008-03-14 08:32 pm (UTC)
that is just so fucking fantastic and you so deserve it that all i can say is:
fucking right on.
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[User Picture]From: prisbatty
2008-03-14 09:07 pm (UTC)

Did you see my post (inc scans) about your book in the military book club catalog?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-03-14 09:12 pm (UTC)
no i didn't, but thanks, my only really bad reviews were on there. i don't think that they read the book though.
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From: ex_neke
2008-03-14 09:44 pm (UTC)
you can immediately see the photographer was aiming to shock viewers by portraying gun owners as nut-jobs

Obviously. That is why I bought it. Because I'm crazy gun owner myself.

*maniacal laughter*
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From: Ry Jones [ryjones.org]
2008-03-14 09:55 pm (UTC)


For my shoot, I pretty much did what Kyle told me to. I'm sure my picture is one of the weaker ones in the book; c'est la vie. I wouldn't have chosen the shot he did, but I'm thrilled to be included and it was a highlight of a tough year.
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[User Picture]From: babyraven
2008-03-14 10:54 pm (UTC)
Rock on. :D
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From: sroit
2008-03-15 03:08 am (UTC)
Good on ya!
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[User Picture]From: word_gardener
2008-03-15 03:12 am (UTC)

You can be even luckier.

Congratulations on all that you have achieved. But sometimes when you reach out to people and network you can achieve even more - through them and on your own - and they don't even mind. They might actually be pleased to help. Many times it fills a mutual need.
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