This thread does not represent an objective theory and is not based on many actual facts nor much time was spent for research. Author does recognize he might've rambled off a bit and messed up with wordings which might confuse people what he wants discussed, it's late and I'm tired........DISCUSS ^_^ As the western world keeps evolving it's consumeristic society to new heights, even in the aftermath or later stages of a recession, the quest to be up to the latest in anything hip and material keeps on going. Over and over you might ask "why are we doing "this" and "that"" and the final answer usually ends up somewhere under the influence of capitalism. Do you feel the system/the man has been able to break down the radical anti-establishment culture that used to be so present and make todays youth more and more needy to give into the capitalists interests? Have they been able to blend into populare culture so well, we don't fully recognize it anymore(again, in such a way that it can be used as advertisement for their interests, example: after the record sales went crashing, artists now often use their music videos to advertise a product(ex, Beyonce Ft. Lady Gaga - Video Phone))?