Was Bill Hicks Right In Asking Marketeers and Advertisers To Suck A Tailpipe?
If you are over 40 in 2019 you will possibly, if brought up in the US or UK, recall that comedy was the new rock’n roll back in the heady days of the early 90’s.
This was the age of Grunge and massive anti-capitalist sentiment felt in much of the popular arts, from music to comedy.
Cue Bill Hicks
And one acerbic, brilliant and bitter wordsmith from Texas by the name of Bill Hicks was rocking the free world with his anti capitalist wrath delivered in insanely engaging ways that people lapped up.
Advertisers ate the consumers
Now, some 25 or so years later, we are standing in a world where so many of us have become the advertisers and influencers and more than happy to ‘sell/exchange’ our personal data for the privilege of using social networks for free.
So what on earth happened?
Have we become desensitised to marketeers and advertisers or part of the ‘problem’?
Is there indeed a problem with helping the wheels of commerce turn round without a truly viable, ethical, sustainable alternative for a connected globe to follow that will not lead us all to anarchy.
How much of what Bill Hicks said feels true today?
Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments.