September 2003 marked a turning point in the development of Western civilization. It was the month that Adbusters magazine started accepting orders for the Black Spot Sneaker, its own signature brand of "subversive" running shoes. After that day, no rational person could possibly believe that there is any tension between "mainstream" and "alternative" culture. After that day, it became obvious to everyone that cultural rebellion, of the type epitomized by Adbusters magazine, is not a threat to the system-it is the system.
Founded in 1989, Adbusters is the flagship publication of the culture-jamming movement. In their view, society has become so thoroughly permeated with propaganda and lies, largely as a consequence of advertising, that the culture as a whole has become an enormous system of ideology-all designed to reproduce faith in "the system." The goal of the culture jammers is quite literally to "jam" the culture, by subverting the messages used to reproduce this faith and blocking the channels through which it is propagated. This in turn is thought to have radical political consequences. In 1999, Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn argued that culture jamming "will become to our era what civil rights was to the '60s, what feminism was to the '70s, what environmental activism was to the '80s."
Five years later, he's using the Adbusters brand to flog his own trademark line of running shoes. What happened? Did Adbusters sell out?
Absolutely not. It is essential that we all see and understand this. Adbusters did not sell out, because there was nothing to sell out in the first place. Adbusters never had a revolutionary doctrine. What they had was simply a warmed-over version of the countercultural thinking that has dominated leftist politics since the '60s. And this type of countercultural politics, far from being a revolutionary doctrine, has been one of the primary forces driving consumer capitalism for the past forty years.
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Preferences toward popular music appear to reflect tastes acquired during late adolescence or early adulthood. In an empirical investigation of this parsimonious inductive proposition, both the aggregate results (R = 0.84) and the disaggregated findings (R = 0.46) suggest that the development of tastes for popular music follows an inverted U-shaped pattern that reaches a peak in about the 24th year.
The folks at Adbusters think that everything is the ultimate sign of the decline of Western civilization.
What club, on what street, in what city? I want to call bullshit on this guy so bad my dick hurts, but I can't even. Why is he intentionally obfuscating these kinds of identifying details throughout the whole article? I mean, come on: Standing outside an art-party next to a neat row of locked-up fixed-gear bikes, I come across a couple girls who exemplify hipster homogeneity.
Really? There was an entire row of exclusively fixed gear bikes outside this supposed party? There wasn't one bike that wasn't fixed gear?
Do they look hot because hot people are tending towards hipsterism?
Do they look hot because hipster is the latest trendy fashion and therefore what you consider hot?
Do they look hot because with a fondness of the subculture you've grown to view members as more often desireable?
Do they look hot because their attire is often more sexualized than other subculture's?
I‘m sipping a scummy pint of cloudy beer in the back of a trendy dive bar turned nightclub in the heart of the city’s heroin district.
Ryan Kelley, a mild-mannered guy who actually arranged the first P.B.R. sponsorship, allowed that the beer's newfound popularity was slightly annoying. ''But basically,'' he said, ''we're going to drink whatever beer costs a dollar.''
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
Fri, Aug 15, 2008 07:30 PM
Order for: Man from Dirigible
Seat location: section 108, row U, seat haha! I'm going to
see Bruce, you whores!
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