Wednesday, October 22, 2008

or whatever direction you want


Scott saw this at U Minnesota Student Services Building. He reads the quotation marks as condescending, which I hadn't encountered before but kind of works here.

4 comments:

emily said...

this is genius.

Scott said...

Here is a picture taken from a handicap lift at a student services building at the University of Minnesota. It is an extremely archaic building. The student services office is on the third floor and they make it extremely difficult for handicap people to access the elevator. This lift is just down a flight of 5 stairs, then the person must travel to the center of the building to locate the elevator from the 1960s which often gets stuck. As if they didn't have it hard enough, they also have to insult handicap people's intelligence with the word "up"?

Ernest Picasso said...

I love this because the sign very specifically, even without the use of quotation marks, informs a person of how to use this mechanism.

Yet I'm assuming that since most people are too stupid, or for some other reason incapable of reading the entirety of a small sign, someone had to come and give us the cliff notes version at the very top. If THAT wasn't bad enough, they also feel they must put the word "UP" in quotations, for all those people who just can't bare to read a one sentence encapsulation of a two paragraph sign.

Genius.

All the worse, because this is as a university. This is how we're treating college students these days?

I love America... but I think we're screwed.

Sais said...

This one I don't feel is so bad. I can't see the button itself in the pic, but it might well be labelled "up"...