We have a global addiction to signs. Somewhere in human development, common sense became … not so common … requiring we put warning labels on everything to protect ourselves from … ourselves. We’ve become, in a sense, a signotopian society.
Journalists have an unending supply of stories where miscreants scream at the government for letting them be so reckless, followed later with an equal amount of disdain of government’s heavy handedness infringing on individual rights. Don’t believe it? Both sides of the argument have a team of lawyers who’d be glad to send you a brochure. Where it’s led us is a profligacy of visual aids with words and stick figures.