Quotes: The Man Is Sticking It to the Man


"You know no two people are like each other
So don't be a lookalike copying another
Unless of course you're copying
'Cause that gives you individuality!"
—"You're Fabulous" - Phineas and Ferb

"Step right up folks
Anarchy for sale!
T-shirts only 10 dollars
Badges only 3.50
I nicked the design, never asked the band
I never listen to them either"
Anarchy for Sale, The Dead Kennedys

"How rebellious!... in a conformist sort of way."
Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

"Who's gonna con you into buying a television set and the revolution they sell?"
—Monster Magnet, "Powertrip"

Brian: Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't need to follow me, You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for your selves! You're ALL individuals!
The Crowd: Yes! We're all individuals!
Brian: You're all different!
The Crowd: Yes, we ARE all different!
Man in crowd: I'm not...
The Crowd: Shh!

“Support for the arts — merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!”

"As far as I can make out, 'edgy' occurs when middle-brow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy — not to mention the spending money — out of the "youth culture." So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan."

Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine
Where have you been?
It's alright, we know where you've been...
You bought a guitar to punish your ma
And you didn't like school, and you know you're nobody's fool
So welcome to the machine.
"Welcome to the Machine", Pink Floyd

Real Life

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."
Eric Hoffer

"There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist."
Ayn Rand, The New Left

"To instil into the Established Order the complacent portrayal of its drawbacks has nowadays become a paradoxical but incontrovertible means of exalting it."
Roland Barthes, Mythologies

"A useful heuristic: Be very suspicious of anyone who is firmly entrenched in power but rails against 'elites.'"
Dan Gardner

"Commercial fantasies of rebellion, liberation, and outright "revolution" against the stultifying demands of mass society are commonplace almost to the point of invisibility in advertising, movies, and television programming... our televisual marketplace is a 24-hour carnival, a showplace of transgression and inversion of values, of humiliated patriarchs and shocked puritans, of screaming guitars and concupiscent youth, of fashions that are uniformly defiant, of cars that violate convention and shoes that let us be us."
—Thomas Frank, The Conquest of Cool

"Shopping at chain stores is not punk. No matter how much you'd like to think so. Buying shit from Hot Topic, K-Mart and other huge chains selling 'punk' products is about the farthest thing from sticking it to the man as you can get. In fact, you're giving 'the man' your money, retard."
We Are the Mainstream, "Punk: Attitude for Sale"

"The rock and roll star is a capitalist phenomenon, a creature of consumption. Here Bowie sings of a longing to be a rock star...the realization that the revolutionary figure, the great celebrity who can change the world, is still an invention of the very system being fought. In his introduction to The Society of the Spectacle, Martin Jenkins describes celebrity as a capitalist lottery, a system by which just enough people are given the spectacular rewards of capitalism, and because it could be anyone, we all play along.

This is the sad truth underneath the song. The one thing that Bowie cannot do as a rock star is attack the system that creates the rock and roll star. The one freedom the Starman cannot grant us is the freedom not to have to look to the stars."
Phil Sandifer on "Star"

"Fox Interactive is part of that FOX company. As in, the video game-hating Fox News and Friends. They say there are two sides to every story, and criminal billionaire Rupert Murdoch knows that it’s a good idea to control both. FOX News tells the world that video games are evil and unhealthy, and IGN Entertainment ensures that this claim is legitimized...I can’t wait for IGN to give Saints Row: The Third the 'Game of the Year' award, and FOX News to report this turn of events as the final straw against gaming — together, their job will be complete."

"Ubisoft plans to make a franchise out this game, and its more obvious flaws just give them easy targets for improvement in the inevitable sequels... now they've got our expectations low enough that even bullet impact effects would be a significant improvement. But for some reason it still sold really, really well, which is kind of funny. This game tells a paranoid, conspiracy theory story about the society-changing potential of marketing and PR. I wonder if they're aware of the irony."
George Weidman on Watch_Dogs

"Max Headroom was a stuttering head from the future or something, that became popular in America for advertising New Coke...Someone decided they should make a show about him, but what kind of a show do you make for a wise-cracking corporate shill? That's right, develop a high-concept cyberpunk drama with an anti-establishment theme! It was so mixed-up I think its main sponsors were Black Panther Shoe Polish Remover and George Orwell's Chipotle BBQ 'Tater Skins."

"O'Reilly always claims to 'stand-up' for the average American and this is because, and we quote, 'You don't come from any lower than I came from on an economic scale', citing his childhood home in Levittown, New York...he was bested by his own big mouth as he went on to boast that his father 'never earned more than $35,000 a year in his life.' Adjusted for inflation $35,000 in 1978 would be worth well over $90,000 today."

"I think one of the problems with Conan’s Tonight Show was that they moved him from a rather small studio into what seemed to be a huge, cavernous space in Universal City. His brand of low-key, self-effacing, are-we-really-doing-this-on-TV humor just died in that setting."

"In a lot of ways the game industry has paralleled MTV. At first it was a counter-culture thing, and then it got bought and became more corporate. Back in 1983 I don't think anyone thought they'd see US army recruiter commercials wall-to-wall on MTV. And games like Call of Duty, there's so many damned army games."

"We transition from a modern Honeymooners episode to a Woody Allen version of Married With Children. Seriously, it is like Allen wrote a special episode where Al and Peggy get rich and they have to deal with those snooty upper class twits. But if there is a character I do not equate with Woody Allen, it is the semi-abusive lower class bum Al Bundy... For one it seems odd that Allen, who is almost a proud intellectual snob himself, is trying to write himself as the hero of the working man. But it all comes off as so weak and poorly written. Oh those rich snobs! All they eat are snails and caviar! Why can’t they eat a burger and watch the game?]]"
Miles Antwiler on Small Time Crooks

"Yes, Lindsay Lohan gives the performance of a badly-taxidermied elderly starlet, but the main problem, of many, is the script, with the ever-more tedious Bret Easton Ellis trying oh-so-hard to show everyone what a disaffected hedonist he is, as is his gimmick these days...And he has the gall to blame Lohan for The Canyons’ failure, never mind her stunt-casting was the only reason anybody bothered to watch this shite in the first place."''
Stuart Millard on The Canyons

"Goopy really knows the trials and tribulations of your average working mother. I mean, Goopy has to shoot one whole film a year to pay all the au pairs, chefs, chauffeurs, tutors, nutritionists, acupuncturists and butlers who take care of her two children. The other day, Goopy had to tell her contractor to do the pool in Capri in Carrara marble instead of crushed diamond tiles because she has to cut the budget. Goopy is barely making ends meet! Do something about this, Obama!"
DListed, "Working Mother Goopy Paltrow Demands Equal Pay For All"

"Every presidential election has at least one magical, imaginary OUTSIDER—that teenage wet dream of a president who rides into Washington, tells those bureaucrats what shitheads they are, and bulldozes Congress into doing cool shit simply with the power of his huge cock. I have fallen for this kind of candidate. YOU have fallen for this kind of candidate. Everybody wants this mythical Bulworth to exist even though at this level of politics, there are no outsiders, and even though the game changes its rules for no one."
Drew Magary, "What Kind of Person Would Vote For Donald Trump? These People"