posted on Oct, 25 2013 @ 03:08 AM
I'm not really sure what the meaning of the upside down flag is in this circumstance.
I know that some kind of idea is trying to be conveyed, but not the idea that it is supposed to. Sure people don't know what an upside down flag
means. Which means that they can pretty much decide for themselves what it means or doesn't mean. And whatever idealogical communication one would try
to convey with it is also going to differ from person to person.
And upside down flag is to mean only one thing, and that is immediate danger to life or property. It is a signal - a communication. Turning a flag
upside down is such a simple communication, that it could only mean one thing to be effective as a communication. It's like a bit. It can either be a
one or a zero.
Now an upside down flag is supposed to mean a whole bunch of different things to a whole bunch of different people, and nobody really knows what
anyone's really trying to say with it. When someone flies a flag upside down because there's something genuinely wrong, no one will heed it because
people will just say, "There's them people whut hangs they flag upside down, durp!"
It's a very passive form of communication to flip an icon upside down to make some statement about the state of affairs in the country and the world.
It says, "Look at me, I'm aware of what's happening, and you can tell because my flag is upside down." But it certainly doesn't say, "Hey, people in
my community, I think we should get together and have a dialogue about what is happening in our country right now."
The effect that creating an undue spectacle of the flag has is to confuse others, and alienate yourself from them. It creates no dialogue, and it
makes no meaningful statement as it has no information content. The man who would not take your money or your truck did not because he was confused
and alienated. For a lot of people in this country, it would be the equivalent of replicating the crucifixion in your front yard with Jesus hung on
the cross upside-down. And whatever intended message one may try to convey with that, it probably wouldn't be fully understood without some
edit on 25-10-2013 by Mon1k3r because: (no reason given)