rambling about anarchist symbolism, pt 1/2
The anarchist Ⓐ doesn't contain any information whatsoever. You just know it represents something that starts with an A (assuming you know the latin alphabet). So all you can do is ask someone what it means, and be told "anarchy" - and then you're subjected to whatever definition of anarchy they decide to give you. It's so devoid of meaning that companies use it in branding all the time to look cool and edgy
The black flag is significantly better. A "flag with nothing on it" cleanly conveys the idea of "no nations," and it's also an inversion of the white flag, conveying "no surrender." But it's still fairly ambiguous, and it's hard to draw by hand in a way that's recognizable
rambling about anarchist symbolism, pt 2/2
@socalledunitedstates I think it's awesomely ingenious and you opened my eyes on some more connotations I didn't think of.
But I have doubts about "easy to draw or draffiti", it doesn't read so well either. If it is to overtake A, it must be much simpler. Remove everything but three spikes on the square and you'll have something simple enough.
@charlag Oh well yeah, that image isn't the only acceptable version of it. People draw crowns as part of graffiti all the time, all you'd have to do is rotate that
@socalledunitedstates hm, you are right, it appears in tagging a lot
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