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21st Jul '16 5:03:27 PM Solace
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* "WorkingClassHero'' by Music/JohnLennon:

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* "WorkingClassHero'' "WorkingClassHero" by Music/JohnLennon:


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* "Luna Park" by Music/PetShopBoys subverts this trope; the people are aware that the titular amusement park [[note]] a metaphor for the United States, according to WordOfGod [[/note]] is merely a distraction, but they would rather indulge in it than confront the horrors of the world outside:
--> And when we're feeling scared, we're happy\\
With circuses and bread, we're happy\\
The whirling fair machines are all we need
** The trope is also name-dropped in "The Sound of the Atom Splitting."
21st Jun '16 8:50:35 PM sayaleviathan
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* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'': The Sibyl System uses holograms, virtual worlds, psychiatric medications, high-paying jobs, {{Kawaisa}} Drones, and anything so that the masses' Psycho-Passes would be reduced. If that does not work, then they would use either rehabilitation (which seems to be pretty comfortable as the rehabilitated were allowed to keep their cherished possessions in life) or enforcement.
21st Jun '16 11:38:46 AM gewunomox
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* Hinted at in OingoBoingo's "Nothing to Fear":

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* Hinted at in OingoBoingo's Music/OingoBoingo's "Nothing to Fear":
31st May '16 8:48:26 AM Allronix
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* It's implied that various incarnations of The Game Grids in the ''{{Film/Tron}}'' universe are both good ways to dispose of malware, malcontents, and other troublemakers as well as give the citizen Programs some entertainment. Played straighter in the films and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'', but treated with more complexity in the ''Betrayal'' comic, ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'', and ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh''. In the former two, Flynn banned lethal matches, making them harmless fun. (Clu, naturally, reinstated the lethal part) In ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'', Jet is sent there as an alternative death sentence, but he's treated relatively well, even by the guards. Mercury, the Game Grid champion, is considered a star athlete, not a condemned crook.
20th May '16 12:49:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/RayBradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. Most people ''like'' the mindless entertainment.

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* Creator/RayBradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. Most people ''like'' the mindless entertainment.
21st Mar '16 3:59:18 AM MarqFJA
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer3TiberiumWars'' background reveals that the Brotherhood of Nod have become the last hint of civilization and order in the devastated Yellow Zones of Earth, for the people living there (about 80% of the human population) they are seen as the good guys, those who bring infrastructure, food, medicine, security and hope to the masses, also, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they look really cool]].

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer3TiberiumWars'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' background reveals that the Brotherhood of Nod have become the last hint of civilization and order in the devastated Yellow Zones of Earth, for the people living there (about 80% of the human population) they are seen as the good guys, those who bring infrastructure, food, medicine, security and hope to the masses, also, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they look really cool]].
21st Mar '16 3:56:37 AM MarqFJA
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianWars'' background reveals that the Brotherhood of Nod have become the last hint of civilization and order in the devastated Yellow Zones of Earth, for the people living there (about 80% of the human population) they are seen as the good guys, those who bring infrastructure, food, medicine, security and hope to the masses, also, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they look really cool]].

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianWars'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer3TiberiumWars'' background reveals that the Brotherhood of Nod have become the last hint of civilization and order in the devastated Yellow Zones of Earth, for the people living there (about 80% of the human population) they are seen as the good guys, those who bring infrastructure, food, medicine, security and hope to the masses, also, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they look really cool]].
6th Mar '16 5:23:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the film ''PansLabyrinth'', the Spanish fascist government of Franco is shown issuing bread rations to the starving peasants who remain loyal to the regime. It should be noted this was pretty much dead on accurate; to help deal with the fairly popular Republicans, and to a lesser extent the communists, Franco's government used food rations as a way to gain public support.

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* In the film ''PansLabyrinth'', ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', the Spanish fascist government of Franco is shown issuing bread rations to the starving peasants who remain loyal to the regime. It should be noted this was pretty much dead on accurate; to help deal with the fairly popular Republicans, and to a lesser extent the communists, Franco's government used food rations as a way to gain public support.



* Bartimaeus mentions this in ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' about the magician governments.

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* Bartimaeus mentions this in ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' about the magician governments.
25th Feb '16 9:30:11 AM LadyJafaria
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* '''[[BetterTheDevilYouKnow]]The Devil you know is better than the Devil you don't'''.

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* '''[[BetterTheDevilYouKnow]]The '''[[BetterTheDevilYouKnow The Devil you know know]] is better than the Devil you don't'''.
25th Feb '16 9:28:37 AM LadyJafaria
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* '''The Devil you know is better than the Devil you don't'''.

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* '''The '''[[BetterTheDevilYouKnow]]The Devil you know is better than the Devil you don't'''.
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