Scroll Down (Terms of Use)

Mindi K. Bagnall's avatar Mindi K. Bagnall

Terms of Use agreements are a relentless aspect of the lives of all digital media users. Often appearing in an approximately 5” x 3” window, standing in the way of whatever it is you want at the moment, it demands agreement. There is no compromise. You agree, or you don’t get what you want. The agreements usually scroll on seemingly endlessly, and they often feature long passages in all capital letters, “yelling” at us. You are ultimately prevailed upon to click “agree” and silently hope that you haven’t just given away your firstborn child, or worse - your copyrights. But be assured that if you haven’t expressly given away your copyrights, you have most definitely absolved the site of any responsibility for subsequent violations by other users. So we all blithely click agree, usually not even reading them, and go on our merry digital ways. What most of us don’t realize is that whatever we have agreed to almost invariably contains a passage that reads something like this: We (the site) may amend this agreement at any time… I copied these Terms of Use agreements directly from several of the most prominent sites. All of the agreements were reformatted using 11pt Tahoma font with 15pt line spacing and 7pt spacing between paragraphs. The shorter agreements are repeated to run the 29 feet from ceiling to floor of the gallery. Length of each: SnapChat - 6.5 feet Microsoft XP - 7 feet Twitter - 7.5 feet YouTube - 8 feet EBay - 12.5 feet Pinterest - 14.5 feet Apple Mountain Lion - 15 feet Google - 16 feet iTunes - 29 feet FaceBook - 29.5 feet Amazon - 31.5 feet PayPal - 35 feet NOTE: This installation is site specific and can be modified to fit any space. However, a tall space of 20+ feet is preferable.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: paper, tape
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: variable