So this is Living Walls Part 3, I guess…or maybe instead of Living Walls: The City Speaks, this is Living Walls: The Conversation Continues. Or maybe you could even call it Living Walls: The Assault.
I’ve just heard that some of the Living Walls murals have already been painted over, most notoriously by a local writer named Vomet. Here are photos of the Swampy/Gaia/Greg Mike wall, taken from the Living Walls Facebook page:
The FB reaction ranges from people cheering Vomet on and complementing his style to disappointment, outrage and casual acceptance.
Have we learned nothing from the massacre at Virginia Tech, or Abraham Briggs, the Florida teen who broadcast his suicide on justin.tv while onlookers commented and sometimes cheered, or Megan Meier, the 13 year old victim of a cruel myspace space prank, now media-dubbed “the myspace suicide“?
How many times will we–the users of social networking sites, the general public and those charged with protecting the public–ignore the obvious? Why didn’t the Detroit police follow up when another YouTube user tipped them off? And where was the national press on this?