Re: [OVC-demo-team] EVM2003 & Indian Elections

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Mar 18 2004 - 10:50:18 CST

At 9:38 AM -0600 3/18/04, Jeff Almeida wrote:
> >When we get around to pushing OVC in other countries, we certainly will
>>need to chill out on the Americana. I guess some is on the website,
>>but the printed ballots also have all the "patriotic" symbolism on
>>them. Still, other watermarks and images are easy enough to
><MarketroidHat>I don't know. After all, for 228 years, we've been the
>leading exporter of representative-democratic governments limited by written
>constitutions... perhaps we need to make a bigger point about the American
>flag, statue of liberty, et al as symbols of democracy, much like the
>golden arches represent cheap, homogeneous beef (which may not be
>particularly popular in India, granted).
>If we start swapping logos in-and-out, like the Swedish 3-crowned-thing,
>we run the risk of diluting our brand with symbols that may not be
>conceptually equivalent -- the Swedish symbol being much more
>representative of a monarchy than a democracy, for example.
>Maybe the best solution is to find some symbolism that isn't so
>overwhelmingly American but still connotes the idea -- like the Jefferson
>Memorial or something.</MarketroidHat>
>jeff :)

Or the Statue of Liberty, which is instantly recognizable, and
appreciated by those inside and outside the US. It's a gift from
France, and it's non partisan. It also stands to the best American

Best regards,

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