Quotes / The Man Is Sticking It to the Man

CEO: With Sprint's new fair and flexible plans no one can tell me what to do. I can talk when and how I want. It's my little way of sticking it to The Man.
Underling: ...but you are The Man.
CEO: I know.
Underling: So you're... sticking it to yourself.
CEO: ...Maybe.


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!

Simon: (talking about shirts) Now, you'll like these, you'll really "dig" them. They're "fab", and all the other pimply hyperboles.
George Harrison: I wouldn't be seen dead in them. They're dead grotty.
Simon: Grotty?
George: Yeah, grotesque.
Simon: (to secretary) Make a note of that word and give it to Susan. (to George) It's rather touching, really. his kid is trying to give me his utterly valueless opinion when I know that within a month, he'll be suffering from a violent inferiority complex and loss of status because he isn't wearing one of these nasty things. Of course they're grotty, you wretched nit! That's why they were designed. But that's what you'll want.
George: I won't.
Simon: You can be replaced, chicky-baby.
George: I don't care.
Simon: And that pose is out too, Sonny Jim. The new thing is to care passionately and be right wing.


"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

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

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

Web Original

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.

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.

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... 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 canít they eat a burger and watch the game?
Miles Antwiler on Small Time Crooks

Every presidential election has at least one magical, imaginary OUTSIDERóthat 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"

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 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"

They say there are two sides to every story, and criminal billionaire Rupert Murdoch knows that itís a good idea to control both...I canít 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 ó together, their job will be complete.

Web Video

It's Breaking Bad-branded rock candy; it's a vaping pen shaped like a crackpipe hawked on QVC by Flava Flav; it's a gentrified neighborhood still trying to look street by putting a Boondocks mural next to the Panera Bread.

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

Western Animation

"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

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

"Hollywood may be run by big corporations trying to squash people, but they make movies about people standing up to big corporations trying to squash them and winning."
FBI Agent, The Simpsons

"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."

Real Life

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

"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

"Today's young people hide behind their youth. Film is as much a business for the young as for the old. They're criticizing older people because they're wanting it and they're not getting it — the haves and the have-nots.... We're all the Establishment."