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Subject:   Not "Free Mickey"
Date:   2002-08-30 10:55:21
From:   ftobin1
"Free Mickey" doesn't give the sense of a larger problem. A good phrase should somehow give the impression that the problem is permeating throughout society; it isn't limited to a corporation's mascot.
Furthermore, the phrase says more about "Mickey" being in chains, instead of us. We're trying to unshackle ourselves, not help a corporation, which is the sentiment implied if you don't know much about the topic.
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  • To "Free Mickey", or not to "Free Mickey"
    2002-09-01 16:45:23  Frequency451 [View]

    i actually agree even though im the one who lifted it from the lessig flash presentation and submitted it. i do think there could be better ways of saying what we are trying to say. although honestly i think the best option is to spread more than just one adhesive meme that we can all appreciate. we are trying to spark creativity that happens to be concise enough for people to "get it" in three seconds or less... not just to find a single magic bullet bumper sticker/web banner. what we are really trying to do is out-create the "creativity industry", which actually isnt very hard. i think "free mickey" is cute and attention getting and cuts quickly to a point, although admitedly not all the points we want to focus on. would go very well with 3 or 4 other major stickers as a good start. i hadnt thought of the association with a computer mouse though. that adds a nice little kick to it. relates to freeing content and our ability to use it.
  • Steve Mallett photo More Comments Sought on -> Not "Free Mickey"
    2002-08-30 11:04:17  Steve Mallett | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Do others agree with ftobin on this? I didn't see that the first time, but I can see how others would.
    • John W. Adams photo More Comments Sought on -> Not "Free Mickey"
      2002-08-30 18:05:07  John W. Adams | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

      "Free the Mouse" is better, because of the double meaning of mouse.
      • Steve Mallett photo More Comments Sought on -> Not "Free Mickey"
        2002-09-01 14:41:55  Steve Mallett | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

        But really, isn't the computer mouse the first you'd think of and lose people then?
        • John W. Adams photo More Comments Sought on -> Not "Free Mickey"
          2002-09-02 11:46:40  John W. Adams | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

          You've got a point--but I wonder if there's a way to combine them?

          In my mind, I'm seeing an animated gif or a flash that alternates between "Free Mickey" printed under/over a computer mouse and "Free the Mouse" printed over/under the "mouse with bars" logo.

          It'd make a great flicker button, too--I guess they still make those--and could be used as a text ad. I don't think it's right for a bumper sticker, though.

          I like this, 'cause it links two endangered species of freedom.

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