Monday, May 08, 2006

An Association for Everything

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has an article today on the electronic billboards bill, which Doyle is expected to sign shortly.

Environmental advocates argue that the electronic signs, which can change advertising displays every 6 seconds, will be distracting for drivers and an eye-sore for the landscape around our highways.

The Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin quickly dismissed the concerns, claiming that electronic billboards are used in other states without any safety issues. The group's president concluded about the bill's opponents: "It sounds to me like they just don't like billboards."

This, in turn, led me to wonder as I read the article: There's an Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin?

I suppose someone needs to represent the unique interests of our outdoor advertisers.

6 Comments:

Blogger James Wigderson said...

As opposed to the Indoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin?

May 08, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

I'm picturing a serious turf rivalry between the two -- like something out of "Gangs of New York."

May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are something like 30,000 associations based in Washington, DC.

May 09, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

Unfortunately it seems they carry more sway with our government than the 295,000,000 citizens in the country.

May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's an interesting phenomenon because all those associations represent hundreds if not thousands of people a piece. So they do have a positive role to play, depending on who they represent and the merits of their arguments.

About the only group not represented by an official association is the poor, which is the big problem.

May 09, 2006  
Anonymous robola said...

Pithy comments from the Widge? Check.

These signs are distracting. Try driving by Miller Park at night when the sign is in a seizure-inducing frenzy. They might as well just hire some guys to shine pen lasers at drivers.

May 09, 2006  

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