Quotes / The Man Is Sticking It to the Man


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!


"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

"None of Kaufman's films are blockbusters. They're too cerebral and downbeat. But they are the kind of prestige projects that major stars fight to work on, in between the parade of generic bilge that pays the poolboy."

"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."

"It is a story about the Lone Gunmen struggling to expose the truth, only to decide that the people are too stupid to be trusted with the truth and that the trio should appoint themselves custodians of that truth. The episode seems entirely sincere in this belief, which makes it seem like the production team have somehow completely misunderstood their own characters...When the Lone Gunmen discover a car that does not need oil, they collectively decide that the world does not need to be freed from its addiction to gasoline."
Darren Mooney on The Lone Gunmen, "Like Water For Octane"

"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 Conanís 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 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"

"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 itís 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 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

"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... 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

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

"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."