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The Singular Moment That Defines This Era In Pop Culture

Every once in a long while, there is a moment that captures the spirit of an era. Dorothy walking along the Yellow Brick Road. Elvis Presley shaking his hips on the Ed Sullivan Show. Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda sitting on their road hogs. Seinfeld. Jar Jar Binks. These images stand the test of time not only because they resonate throughout the culture, but because they seem to harness something about the time in which they were made. Even when they lack the larger context of their historical moment, it’s there, embedded in their chemistry.

And so we come to our moment. A dude called “Macho” with a giant diamond tattooed on his face, unable to speak because he got kicked off a low-rent reality show on basic cable.

IN YOUR FACE, Greatest Generation.