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I am doing a documentary about "vandalism" for non-traditional art class, and I need some questions related to vandalism. Any suggestions? I came up with few questions of my own: 1. What is vandalism in your opinion? 2.Do you think graffiti is considered as art or vandalism? 3.In your opinion, how can we prevent or stop vandalism in our society today? 4. In your opinion, what would you do if someone was vandalizing public property? Thank you.

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I'd ask where the line is between graffiti art and vandalism. Also, I would ask people about their own history with vandalism - have they ever vandalized anything? Have they had property vandalized? How does this inform or shape their opinion?

Also, I'd ask people what they think about the popularity of Banksy and the appearance of museum support for street art (which is not necessarily vandalism) in the form of museum shows championing street artists.

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What motivates people to vandalize has always been a question in the minds of those who see no value in this action.

Also, what satisfaction comes from vandalism?

What is the profile of a vandal?  Is there any certain personality type?

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The definition of vandalism, in accordance with art, is a very interesting subject. While some people do consider graffiti vandalism, others simply regard it as expression.

Some more questions that you might include in your documentary are:

1. Are there different types of vandalism? If so, what are they?

2. Does vandalism warrant a blanketed consequence, or does it depend upon the severity of the vandalism? If so, who is to decide the levels of severity?

3. Is vandalism tied to hate crimes? Is so, how?

4. How is vandalism a product of one's culture or beliefs?

I have also posted some discussion links for you to peruse.

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I have a question for you.  Do you want to have these questions you came up with "answered" or do you want someone to come up with MORE questions for your film to try to answer in process.  You are not being clear.

 MORE questions:

- Do you think vandalism is a form of religious or political speech and should be protected by the 1st Amendment?

- Should vandalism be considered a hate crime?

- Legally, while vandalism IS considered a crime, it is a very general term that includes but is not specific to grafitti.  It includes anything from breaking someone's window to hanging toilet paper in a tree of someone's yard.

So, the question you might want to ask is NOT whether grafitti should be considered vandalism - it IS.  The question you might want to ask is, should people who deface public property with grafitti that is considered beautiful or artistic be punished by the law in the same way as someone who, for example, spray paints a swastica on the side of a bridge?  If yes, then who gets to decide if the swastica is or isn't a form of art? 

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arrellbelle | Student

I wrote a paper based on whether or not graffiti should be considered a form of art or vandalism, as an artist myself, it was hard to remain unbiased so I had to take many forms of surveys and opinions from a variety of people. Other questions I had for people was:

  • What is art?
  • What is vandalism?
  • What is graffiti?
  • To what extent do you consider graffiti a form of art and/or vandalism?
  • Should graffiti be considered a crime, why or why not?
rum-shop | Student

Street art is definitely not a culture and vandalism. There are so many <a href="" style="text-decoration:none; color:#000">cool</a> graffiti in the streets outside

matthew036987456123 | Student

I would probably call the cops, even before trying to find out what they are doing.  I would tell the cops not to put their lights on, or the sound, because they might get away.  I truthfuly feel bad for people that have to vandaliz, or think that it is ever right.  Just imagine if you are the person getting vandalized.

As an example question you could use:

If you are vandalizing someone, what is the purpose?  What do you get out of it?

Is defacing someone's property a form of vandalizing?

Is vandalizing right, in your opinion?