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Bottoms Down

Updated on January 18, 2016
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Born without a clue. A lifetime later, situation largely unchanged. Nevertheless, one perseveres.....

Sincere apologies to all those offended by the image to the right which appeared in my article "Demise-of-The-Co-operative-Group-Part-7-Where-do-we-go-from-here?".

I had no idea this image would upset readers more than the content of the article itself. If anything, I thought the image of Terry Jones super-stuffing himself would be the offensive one. But I take the point. I don't put a huge amount of thought into the images. I think there's a sort of subliminal random association thing going on which often surprises me as much as any potential reader. Perhaps I should pay more attention.

To be fair, it is “art” (Ms Jeanne Lorioz - born France 1954, studied at ‘Ecole Superieurs des Arts Appliques’, Paris) and so, technically, shouldn't be offensive. I actually quite like it as I find it to be (I think as intended) concurrently humorous and sombre.

Nor is it's placement entirely gratuitous, as at least one critic seems to suggest, insofar as regular readers may recall that there is a theme running through my articles in which I loosely associate the term “corporate independent professional” with the term “arse”. I did edit the image by excluding (perhaps not enough of) the top half (Jeanne, je m'excuse) because I was trying to achieve gender neutrality.

But clearly, if the image has deterred or distracted readers (although, strangely, my blog stats on this one are showing a higher readership than usual), I have failed in my good communication obligations.

With this in mind, I respectfully invite and urge my detractors (or anyone else) to post, in this discussion thread, any image or images they think would be more appropriate. I hereby undertake, as a committed democrat, to changing the current image with which ever of the proposed ones receives the most “likes”.

Does this sound fair?

© 2016 Deacon Martin

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      Deacon Martin 19 months ago from Bristol, UK

      Thanks for your supportive comments colleagues. Interestingly, HubPages itself has said, "The content of this Hub has been reviewed by a moderator and it was determined not to be suitable for advertising." Not clear if it was the picture or the word "arse" which tipped the balance, but, as I said, "if the image has deterred or distracted readers, I have failed in my good communication obligations." That is to say, it is not my intention to put people off. It is my intention to have them absorb the content of the article. If they are put off by the content, well, that's another matter. I make no apologies for the content.

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      Shawn McIntyre 19 months ago from Orlando, FL.

      If you believe that that image is appropriate for your Hub, and fits in the context of the point you're trying to make, then leave it. If people are offended by it that's their problem, they can always click away if they're honestly that put off by it.

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      Mel Carriere 19 months ago from San Diego California

      Why apologize? I'm sure you were making a point.