Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Commodity Fetishism

The sale of a voodoo doll bearing the image of Nicolas Sarkozy has been found by a court to constitute neither an affront to human dignity nor a personal attack on Sarkozy. Sarkozy's complaint to the court in the name of protecting his rights to his own image was dismissed, and the doll can be sold.

This commodity fetish is probably less effective than a blog and certainly more expensive, so if the market were logical it would soon vanish from the shelves. But as everyone now knows, markets aren't logical.

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