Offensive pictures

Icons, symbols and sometime shapes do have meaning, combining them creates ideas and message. Mutapic creates many combinations of ideas and because Mutapic is a dumb machine it will sometime create dumb messages. Mutapic may produce ugly stuff, sexist, racist, politically and religiously biased pictures. This is unfortunate, I don't like ugly stuff. But combining random ideas and creating new meaning is just a way to communicate. As with any medium of expression you should use your own judgment before publishing pictures made with Mutapic.

An example of controversial picture: the swastika.

Is it ok to draw, copy and publish the swastika symbol? Tough question without a simple answer. Two major facts should be considered:
(1) The swastika symbol is strongly associated to the German Nazis, it is a racist symbol. Millions of jews, tziganes and others were murdered by the Nazis, it should not be forgotten.
(2) The swastika has been consistently used in India and Asia for the past few thousand years. Swastika in India are a symbol of good luck, you can see them everywhere. Most Indians do know about the Nazis, many Indians died on the side of Great Britain during the second world war, but the swastika is an old symbol, tradition is strong and Europe is far.

What should we do in the age of globalization? On the practical side the symbol cannot die. The swastika is such a basic simple shape it cannot just disappear from the surface of this planet. The swastika is a "L" with a basic four fold symmetry. It will naturally appear anywhere you use symmetry. Now on the ethical side, respecting the Jewish memory means respecting religions and humanity. The Indian swastika is a strong religious symbol for millions of people and it should be accepted as such.

Conclusion: When you draw a swastika use with care.
You can hurt a lot of people easily by wrongly using the swastika symbol.
It makes sense to display the swastika symbol on this web site because this is a site about shapes, but it may be very inappropriate in another context.


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