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On Monuments

The memorial's chief architect told NPR that the quote was "a paraphrase of the original statement based on design constraints."

Meaning, I suppose, "Hey, there's only so much room on the wall."

Dude, if you can't find room for thirteen more words on that surface, in the same face and size, it's because you're not bleedin' trying.

(In fact, it'd actually fill the space better and look more balanced.)

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hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: September 5th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I still want to know how they managed to get him encased in Carbonite!
rob_thompson From: rob_thompson Date: September 5th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: On Monuments

The real problem with the paraphrase is that it requires that you know the original phrase to begin with. I have to say, with all the reading I've done on Dr. King...I'd not run across this phrase before. I really would have thought if you were going to memorialize this man - I have a dream - would have been far and away the more recognizable and memorable phrase.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 5th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Yes, that would be the blindingly obvious one. I guess it didn't fit the agenda.
mrakg From: mrakg Date: September 5th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: On Monuments

Yeah...but what agenda? Make him look like an arrogant prick (albeit in carbonite)? Taking those words out of context completely breaks the meaning of the original quote. It's almost as bas as claiming that the Bible advocates suicide: "Judas went and hanged himself...go thou and do likewise."
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 5th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: On Monuments

Yeah, I was thinking similar things.
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