Just to clarify my position, here are things I’m not against at all:
- Alpine-brand beer
- musicians getting paid
- people having fun
- people having fun listening to musicians
- closing city streets so that people can have fun
- earning money from tourists drinking beer
What I am against, however — and what I was trying to speak against here — is the use of public streets as giant billboards for commercial advertising.
As a taxpayer, I’ve paid for a share of those streets. They are a public space. And in a world where we are bombarded with commercial images at every turn, I would like my public spaces to remain an oasis of solitude from messages to buy beer, soap and toothpaste.
I don’t believe any corporation should be able to buy its way into inflating a giant advertisement — be it beer can, condom or combine harvester — at the main intersection of the city, even if that company generously sponsors something which is, in many other ways, a public good.