"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"
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
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: Sch!
"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."
You know no two people are like each other
So don't be a lookalike copying another
Unless of course you're copying me
'Cause that gives you individuality!
—"You're Fabulous" - Phineas and Ferb
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
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
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"
To instil into the Established Order the complacent portrayal of its drawbacks has nowadays become a paradoxical but incontravertible means of exalting it.
— Roland Barthes, Mythologies