Creative Commies in Maxim

In order to make this post, I have to admit to reading Maxim, but this find was worth it. In the latest issue, they have a story where they think up ways for terrorist to scare us. For example, a nuke in New York City, or this scene of terrorists taking over a mall:

Image from Maxim of mall scene

Wait a second, is that hostage wearing a Creative Commies t-shirt!? (Background on the shirt) It’s even got the Copyleft C! What’s going on here?

Are the terrorists taking over the mall a metaphor for Big Copyright, with their DRM gun to the head of the commons? Or is it just a graphic designer playing subversive?

[Thanks for scanning it in, Stephen]

12 thoughts on “Creative Commies in Maxim

  1. I think it’s actually anti-copyleft, or rather, perhaps, pointing out the seeming irony of a copyleft t-shirt..
    Read the text in the blackbox
    “America’s symbols of suburban consumption make prime targets.”
    Of course, the target is the kid wearing this symbol on his shirt, which he most likely purchased/consumed somewhere, at some point.
    Also, mentioning suburban and having this be the symbol makes the case that copyleft is a uniquely middle-to-upper class phenomenon. Kids in the ghetto, most likely, don’t care about this issue as much as kids in the burbs, with their file-sharing communities, and t-shirt purchases appear to.
    Also, by pointing out the nature of the phenomenon(mid/upper class), they are pointing out the class “struggles” that lurks below the surface, both with regards to the “terrorists” and copyleft.
    They may also be making a point on co-option by corporate power of the symbols of the underground. Would a kid in a copyleft shirt really be walking around in a mall? If he is, does he actually really care about copyleft, or is it just a cool trend for him?
    Or maybe someone just thought it looked nice and threw it in…

  2. That is cool. Maybe I’ll buy that issue “for my boyfriend”! As for motivations, my guess would lean towards one of two scenarios. A: the graphic designer was being subversive and wanted to spread the good word, or B: the graphic designer wishes he worked in Redmond and hates the damn copyleft commies. Probably, in either case, the caption has nothing to do with the fact that the t-shirt has a creative commies logo on it. I really don’t buy the creative commies t-shirts = subrurban consumption theory and if that was their intent they would have explained the symbol since outside the open-source leaning blogosphere that icon is very little kown.

  3. Maxim art directors = Creative Commies in hiding?

    Boing Boing reader Capn says, “Looks like a graphic designer snuck a little bit of CopyLeft propaganda in to the latest issue of Maxim.” Link. Previously: Bill Gates: Free Culture advocates = Commies, Creative Commies, More Gates “Copyleft = Commies” p…

  4. Maxim art directors are CopyLeft supporters

    Creative commies in Maxim? Are you sure? Take a gander at this. If you’ll notice, there is the backwards C. Comrade MAXIM! The order exists everywhere it seems. BoingBoing George.Hotelling…

  5. My guess is they just wanted to put a logo of some sort on his shirt, but they couldn’t use a trademarked logo in the picture without shelling out.. & then.. “let’s see what logo could we possibly use for free.. AHA!”
    <3

  6. Deconstructing something like this reminds me of when I heard that the “Target Market” commercials were populated by smoking actors. As soon as the cameras clicked off, the actors would go for a smoke break.
    It’s like an infinite onion. So many layers…

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