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Hi. Excellent comments as ever, keep them coming!
Jon, thanks for the feedback. It's great to see such a lively discussion.
As far as point (a) goes, if advertising revenue does indeed contribute significantly to the funding of any public service (let's not forget this isn't just about London Underground) then that service ceases to be about providing what the public require. Instead it becomes about putting people in front of ads. Please see the full discussion at http://www.artnotads.com/about
Point (b) isn't nonsense - come to Chalk Farm tube and count the number of large, cross-track posters that mention dates from 6 months ago. That's just one off the top of my head. But let's not dwell on the Tube, it's just a starting point, and this could grow into much more.
Being forced off the market is an interesting point. However, there are many ways that we could operate. One poster is just a start. What others can you think of? Besides, as we know from the out of date ads, Viacom are not running at 100% capacity. They'll be happy to accept an ad regardless of who is paying for it. Repeat business would be more valuable than single clients if the inventory were maxed out - it isn't.
As for what goes on the ad - yep, it should be up to the pledgees to decide. I'm happy to volunteer my time to coordinate this, but there will be some sort of vote. It's early days at the moment; let's get the pledge met, and in the mean time work out the detail.
PS - I don't think anyone on this site qualifies for the label "hippy", so let's try to keep the comments constructive. Feel free to agree or disagree with anything that's said, but let's not make it personal.Austin Plunkett, 15 years ago.