Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t be Jammed

Interesting critique of consumerism, counter-culture and the culture-jamming movement:

So here we have the paradox of anti-consumerism. The major remedy of the consumer society which has been adopted almost without question by the Left and by the radicals more generally has been one of the most powerful forces driving consumer capitalism. The Adbusters sneaker is just the latest and most extraordinary example. This is also why counter-cultural rebellion is not a threat to the system, but rather has become the system.[Update: link fixed]


Vaguely related in ways I can’t fully articulate to themes in Yursil’s ongoing series on Suburban Capitalist Islam.

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