Networks, databases, videogames, social media. What, in this landscape, is the 21st century equivalent of a protest song? What is the modern version of a song so specific in its details, its condemnation, its anger, that it could not possibly be mistaken for bullshit?
Even if ‘Hello Kitty’ is not racist, some critics argue, it is still morally wrong because it indulges in cultural appropriation. In their view, Lavigne is blameworthy because she has no genuine interest in or appreciation of Japanese culture but selectively uses some of its ingredients to promote herself. The real issue, then, is not her (purported) lack of originality but the manner in which she makes up for it.
For all its successes, farm-to-table has not, in any fundamental way, reworked the economic and political forces that dictate how our food is grown and raised.
This is a very British revenge: cryptic, torturous, educational. In keeping with his method, Joseph has expressed only the most benevolent feelings towards his target. When he started getting angry calls back from the scammer, he said that “I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused.”
To become popular and “cool,” brands have had to learn the very techniques we learned as resistant teens to deal with power: our sarcastic humor and our endlessly remixable memes.