Vandalism or Activism?

Shocking at first and second glance. The Las Vegas police received numerous panicked calls at 6:30a.m. on Wednesday, August 8th about a billboard located on I-15.

This billboard, reacting to the record high unemployment and suicide rates in Nevada, was slated as vandalism and promptly removed; however, questions surrounding the act remain.

What was someone trying to achieve through this act? Is it an act of vandalism or publicity? Activism or Guerilla art? Would we think of it differently if it was signed by Banksy or any other contemporary street artist?

Where do we draw the line of distinction between these categories?

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