Lately there seems to be quite a few inspirational typographical posters making the rounds. Not one to ignore a trend, I decided to put my own, fairly cranky perspective on what is quickly becoming a well worn genre.

Unlike some other examples, this one probably won’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside and that’s ok. It’s not meant to. It’s meant to make you think, even if it’s just for a second. Let’s face it… words, no matter how pretty and sweet they might be, don’t really mean all that much if they don’t make you do anything.

So do me a favor, give this a read (and feel free to share it), but don’t print it, don’t try to find it as a poster or a coffee mug1. Just go do something.

(Hat tip to Patrick Rhone for sharing this and sending me off on this tangent.)

The Passive Aggressive Manifesto by Michael Schechter, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  1. Although I really kind of want this poster and mug…  


  1. How about ‘just do the right thing’………..epic, huh? 

    And your line ………..designed by someone who can’t MichaelSchechter me; is that like getting Rick Rolled? I think you might be on to something here…………

  2. I’d replace put down the donots with get on the treadmill. Moving counts just as much as calories – significantly more in some people. But I like the graphic and the way it’s designed.  I vote T-shirt. :) Or if you have 12 of these, calendar. Love the disclaimer at the end too.

  3. I have to stop and think a lot before I tweet. But what cracked me up this morning is that I found this because it was re-tweeted by one of the most passive aggressive people I know.

    Do I really have to put down the donut, though?

  4. Wouldn’s a “Passive Aggressive Manifesto” be more like: Avoid acknowledging others different from you comfort zone, while also making an effort to have them feel isolated and alientated.

    Avoid eye contact. Avoid responding to others.

    Avoid being assertive, and clear with others if you have to speak to someone.

    Instead of calling yourself a passive aggressive bigot, the words “smug and pretentious” are more socially acceptible to hide behind.

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