Rebels with a Cost?

         The counter culture movements of the previous four decades are now nicely packaged and sold to us as retro or vintage. Case in point: hippie, punk and rockstar fashions can be found in any brick-and-mortar or online store today, ad naseum.   (I’d rather go here and here for my punk handbook).

Another example: Mad Men. Don’t get me wrong, the show is magnificently produced by Matthew Weiner and John Hamm is so very yummy, but I hope that the young ‘uns aren’t using it as their only 60s history reference.

Example #3: the line in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love where Jacob Palmer (played by the also yummy Ryan Gosling) says “They lost the battle of the sexes the minute they took pole dancing classes” – sigh, sometimes it seems like we haven’t come a long way baby.

Steve Jobs (RIP) was a rebel in his day, and he built one of the most successful US companies. During the deficit debate this past summer, it was revealed that Apple had more cash on hand than the US Government!

Are there any true rebels out there today? Or do we PC-litely explain it away as an “alternative lifestyle choice”?

I’m intrigued by:

Occupy movement – need I say more?

Steampunk – a growing segment in comic book/graphic novel/RPG fandom.

YarnBombing or fabric graffiti, and Craftivism.

Hackers -Some may argue that groups like Anonymous and Wikileaks are rebels in that they are fighting against what society values/hoards as currency, and in today’s technology driven world the currency is information.

Singularity theory by inventor Ray Kurzweil

Black Conservatives (emphasis on intrigued, do not necessarily agree with them)

I’m going to try to enjoy these movements, warts and all, in their purest form – at least until that W store starts putting ’em on their shelves.