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2nd Dec '16 11:20:21 PM sophie9709
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* Franchise/AssassinsCreed is a franchise and gaming series that presents a sympathetic portrayal of proto-anarchists across history, yet its also a CashCowFranchise for Ubisoft with endless spin-offs and is now a multi-million dollar empire of its own.

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* Franchise/AssassinsCreed is a franchise and gaming series that presents a sympathetic portrayal of proto-anarchists across history, yet its also a CashCowFranchise for Ubisoft {{Ubisoft}} with endless spin-offs and is now a multi-million dollar empire of its own.own.
**[[WatchDogs Watch_]][[WatchDogs2 Dogs]] franchise by the same company. Your protagonists are anarchist hackers with one of their targets being large corporations...like Ubisoft. They are quite self-aware of it though and it provides a lot of BitingTheHandHumor
23rd Nov '16 12:35:21 PM StrixObscuro
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* This phenomenon is arguably intrinsic to capitalism in the form of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_destruction Creative Destruction]], where the old incumbents are disrupted by new upstart innovators, who then go on to become the new commercial establishment

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* This phenomenon is arguably intrinsic to capitalism in the form of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_destruction Creative Destruction]], where the old incumbents are disrupted by new upstart innovators, who then go on to become the new commercial establishmentestablishment.
* In recent years, famed whistleblower Julian Assange has lost much of his support due to a growing awareness that he continues to rail against government in general while being a permanent guest of the Ecuadorean government who has in the past collaborated with RT, the Russian state television network.
23rd Nov '16 11:08:01 AM LentilSandEater
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* In ''VideoGame/ShaunWhiteSkateboarding'', the theme is to fight against the totalitarian regime of the man: as you skate, you bring back colour and excitement to the bland greys. One of the things you do, however, is to replace a "NO CHEWING ALLOWED" billboard with an ''ad for Stride gum''[[note]]For those who don't know, that's a real-life brand.[[/note]]. And you get an achievement for doing it. Nothing says sticking it to the man like ''putting up billboards advertising corporate products!''
** The aforementioned color restoration also has the apparent side effect of causing ''Wendy's restaurants'' to magically appear.
** Better to live in a ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' dystopia than a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' regime.
** Parodied in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss/8392-Doubleplusungood this]] ''Webcomic/CriticalMiss'' strip.
* In a similar vein, [[TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk]], the [[ManChild world's oldest teenager]]. He's still one of the go-to sports celebs for being "rebel" and "extreme" and "edgy", when the man has more games under his name than there are versions of StreetFighter.
** Also applies to a skating gang in American Wasteland. They believe that wearing shirts and shoes supports corporations, yet pants are fine. Not to mention that every member of the gang (except the player character) has a skateboard advertising the game itself!

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* In ''VideoGame/ShaunWhiteSkateboarding'', the theme is to fight against the totalitarian regime of the man: as you skate, you bring back colour and excitement to the bland greys. One of the things you do, however, is to replace a "NO CHEWING ALLOWED" billboard with an ''ad for Stride gum''[[note]]For those who don't know, that's a real-life brand.[[/note]]. And you get an achievement for doing it. Nothing says sticking it to the man like ''putting up billboards advertising corporate products!''
** The aforementioned color restoration
products!'' This also has the apparent side effect of causing ''Wendy's restaurants'' to magically appear.
** Better to live in a ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' dystopia than a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' regime.
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appear. Parodied in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss/8392-Doubleplusungood this]] ''Webcomic/CriticalMiss'' strip.
* In a similar vein, [[TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk]], the [[ManChild world's oldest teenager]]. He's still one of the go-to sports celebs for being "rebel" and "extreme" and "edgy", when the man has more games under his name than there are versions of StreetFighter.
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StreetFighter. Also applies to a skating gang in American Wasteland. They believe that wearing shirts and shoes supports corporations, yet pants are fine. Not to mention that every member of the gang (except the player character) has a skateboard advertising the game itself!
23rd Nov '16 11:06:11 AM LentilSandEater
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* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} invokes this trope and plays it unashamedly straight.
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23rd Nov '16 10:52:45 AM LentilSandEater
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* The 1994 movie ''Film/TheChase'' provides an excellent example of the two incarnations of "The Man" coming into conflict, with the film intrinsically claiming that the "hip" Man is somehow less of a Man than the stodgy old corporate Man. Kristy Swanson is the daughter of a mega-successful California businessman. After she is kidnapped by a desperate prison escapee (played by Creator/CharlieSheen) and finds herself [[StockholmSyndrome slowly falling in love with him]], she decides she's had enough of her father trying to control her life. Long story short, the couple abscond to Mexico...and how do they "rebel" when they get there? [[PerpetualTourist They lie on the beach and drink margaritas]] - something the girl's father most likely did a lot of in private himself. (To its credit, ''The Chase'' doesn't try to come off as anything other than escapist entertainment, making its "message" a SpoofAesop.)

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* The 1994 movie ''Film/TheChase'' provides an excellent example of the two incarnations of "The Man" coming into conflict, with the film intrinsically claiming that the "hip" Man is somehow less of a Man than the stodgy old corporate Man. Kristy Swanson is the daughter of a mega-successful California businessman. After she is kidnapped by a desperate prison escapee (played by Creator/CharlieSheen) and finds herself [[StockholmSyndrome slowly falling in love with him]], she decides she's had enough of her father trying to control her life. Long story short, the couple abscond to Mexico...and how do they "rebel" when they get there? [[PerpetualTourist They lie on the beach and drink margaritas]] - something the girl's father most likely did a lot of in private himself. (To its credit, ''The Chase'' doesn't try to come off as anything other than escapist entertainment, making its "message" a SpoofAesop.)
23rd Nov '16 10:46:31 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''Film/TheLorax'' was supposed to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of consumerism without sustainable design, but the film made some questionable merchandising choices, particularly by letting Mazda use the titular character in their ads. Universal's stance on this was that their target audience might not be able to afford electric or hybrids.
** The Nostalgia Critic also criticised the film for introducing a one-dimensional villain that no-one would be able to identify with and thus, not learn from his acts of villainy.

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* ''Film/TheLorax'' was supposed to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of consumerism without sustainable design, but the film made some questionable merchandising choices, particularly by letting Mazda use the titular character in their ads. Universal's stance on this was that their target audience might not be able to afford electric or hybrids.
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hybrids. The Nostalgia Critic also criticised the film for introducing a one-dimensional villain that no-one would be able to identify with and thus, not learn from his acts of villainy.
23rd Nov '16 10:44:39 AM LentilSandEater
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* Dove has received a great deal of attention for their Campaign For Real Beauty, that includes commercials like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U Evolution]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=321Kb8pBu5s Onslaught]]. What they don't advertise is that their parent company, Unilever, also owns the Axe/Lynx deodorants which have inflicted us with commercials like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9tWZB7OUSU this]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsxK36HAf9k this]]. Arguably, both Dove and Axe/Lynx are trying to "stick it" to each other, with Unilever cheerfully raking in the cash they make off both sides.
** Considering that the Axe/Lynx spots are ''parodies'', they're doing basically the same thing, just from a different direction.
** Axe isn't even the bad part. The company, Unilever, also sells skin-lightening creams to women in other countries, with some pretty atrocious commercials. There's one from India where a woman is finishing up a news report and a male coworker gives her this nasty look. She complains about how her dark skin is holding her career back ([[ButNotTooBlack which is a little strange given her skin isn't that dark to begin with, but whatever]]). She uses the skin-lightening cream, she moves foward in her career, and the male coworker smiles at her. Contradicts the "Campaign For Real Beauty", no?
** The "Campaign For Real Beauty" itself began receiving flak when it was revealed they were looking for a very specific ''type'' of real beauty - women who were between a certain weight range, with unblemished skin, around a certain height...not to mention the inherent contradiction in a ''make-up company'' telling people to appreciate their natural beauty.

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* Dove has received a great deal of attention for their Campaign For Real Beauty, that includes commercials like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U Evolution]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=321Kb8pBu5s Onslaught]]. What they don't advertise is that their parent company, Unilever, also owns the Axe/Lynx deodorants which have inflicted us with commercials like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9tWZB7OUSU this]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsxK36HAf9k this]]. Arguably, both Both Dove and Axe/Lynx are trying to "stick it" to each other, with Unilever cheerfully raking in the cash they make off both sides.
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sides. Considering that the Axe/Lynx spots are ''parodies'', they're doing basically the same thing, just from a different direction.
**
direction. Axe isn't even the bad part. The company, Unilever, also sells skin-lightening creams to women in other countries, with some pretty atrocious commercials. There's one from India where a woman is finishing up a news report and a male coworker gives her this nasty look. She complains about how her dark skin is holding her career back ([[ButNotTooBlack which is a little strange given her skin isn't that dark to begin with, but whatever]]). She uses the skin-lightening cream, she moves foward in her career, and the male coworker smiles at her. Contradicts the "Campaign For Real Beauty", no?
**
no? The "Campaign For Real Beauty" itself began receiving flak when it was revealed they were looking for a very specific ''type'' of real beauty - women who were between a certain weight range, with unblemished skin, around a certain height...not to mention the inherent contradiction in a ''make-up company'' telling people to appreciate their natural beauty.



* Nintendo's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMQAbQ1hJZw "Play It Loud"]] ad campaign made it look like buying SNES games was an excellent way of rebelling against those stuffy, repressive authority figures, as well as trying to make them look [[NeverTrustATrailer much edgier than they actually were in most cases.]]
** Equally amusing was that one of the ads featured a Music/ButtholeSurfers song that was ''released on a major label'' and proceeded to bleep out the word "Hell" in said song. Of course, pretty much every "anti-authority" video game censors its music. Illegal street racing while blasting gangsta rap and ramming into cop cars? Fine, but said rap will be thoroughly clean.

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* Nintendo's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMQAbQ1hJZw "Play It Loud"]] ad campaign made it look like buying SNES games was an excellent way of rebelling against those stuffy, repressive authority figures, as well as trying to make them look [[NeverTrustATrailer much edgier than they actually were in most cases.]]
**
]] Equally amusing was that one of the ads featured a Music/ButtholeSurfers song that was ''released on a major label'' and proceeded to bleep out the word "Hell" in said song. Of course, pretty much every "anti-authority" video game censors its music. Illegal street racing while blasting gangsta rap and ramming into cop cars? Fine, but said rap will be thoroughly clean.



* Arguably, ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. Pixar, in association with Disney, [[AccidentalAesop preaches the dangers of consumerism.]] Which was also unintentional. And they are happy to [[SelfDeprecation "poke fun at ourselves"]], according to the commentary.
** Interestingly, the one critic who pointed this out on RottenTomatoes got almost [[InternetBackdraft nothing but hatred for it in the comments section]].

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* Arguably, ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': Pixar, in association with Disney, [[AccidentalAesop preaches the dangers of consumerism.]] Which was also unintentional. And they are happy to [[SelfDeprecation "poke fun at ourselves"]], according to the commentary.
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commentary. Interestingly, the one critic who pointed this out on RottenTomatoes got almost [[InternetBackdraft nothing but hatred for it in the comments section]].
8th Nov '16 11:40:38 PM JulianLapostat
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** Creator/DonaldTrump is a billionaire son of real-estate mogul and a member of America's 1% and yet in 2015-2016 he became popular among white working-class voters and mounted a platform against establishment politicians in both the Republican and Democrat Parties, became a Presidential Candidate, with his campaign often invoking him, and his supporters, as the "little guy" against the establishment.

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** Creator/DonaldTrump is a billionaire son of real-estate mogul and a member of America's 1% and yet in 2015-2016 he became popular among white working-class voters and mounted a platform against establishment politicians in both the Republican and Democrat Parties, became a Presidential Candidate, with his campaign often invoking him, and his supporters, as the "little guy" against the establishment. Despite being a total outsider and never holding public office, he became President Elect in 2016.
8th Nov '16 11:01:16 AM JulianLapostat
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** Creator/DonaldTrump is a billionaire son of real-estate mogul and a member of America's 1% and yet in 2015-2016 he became popular among white working-class voters and mounted a platform against establishment politicians in both the Republican and Democrat Parties, became a Presidential Candidate, with his campaign often invoking him, and his supporters, as the "little guy" against the establishment.
8th Nov '16 10:55:01 AM Tron80
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** Equally amusing was that one of the ads featured a Music/ButtholeSurfers song that was ''released on a major label'' and proceeded to bleep out the word "Hell" in said song.
*** Pretty much every "anti-authority" video game censors its music. Illegal street racing while blasting gangsta rap and ramming into cop cars? Fine, but said rap will be thoroughly clean.
** More irony: Nintendo was using this ad campaign during the tail end years of their having mandatory guidelines that forced licensees to censor their games of violence and religious imagery. The campaign was largely damage control after the fiasco that was ''MortalKombat'''s {{Bowdlerize}}d SNES release, which caused people to buy UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis units en masse.

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** Equally amusing was that one of the ads featured a Music/ButtholeSurfers song that was ''released on a major label'' and proceeded to bleep out the word "Hell" in said song.
*** Pretty
song. Of course, pretty much every "anti-authority" video game censors its music. Illegal street racing while blasting gangsta rap and ramming into cop cars? Fine, but said rap will be thoroughly clean.
** More irony: Nintendo was using this ad campaign during the tail end years of their having mandatory guidelines that forced licensees to censor their games of violence and religious imagery. The campaign was largely damage control after the fiasco that was ''MortalKombat'''s {{Bowdlerize}}d SNES release, which caused people to buy UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis units en masse.
clean.



* Creator/AlanMoore is a self-proclaimed anarchist who came to fame while working for Creator/DCComics, writing works like ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' which criticized Reaganism, the UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki, mocked people's obsession with superheroes. Indeed, Moore's savviness with this trope and the success of the comic led him to quit mainstream comics.

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* Creator/AlanMoore is a self-proclaimed anarchist who came to fame while working for Creator/DCComics, writing works like ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' which criticized Reaganism, the UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki, mocked people's obsession with superheroes. Indeed, Moore's savviness with this trope and the success love of the comic led him to quit mainstream comics. superheroes.
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