This meme is perfect. This meme shows what we’re up against, “we” being anyone who doesn’t worship the devil, either knowingly or unknowingly.
Pop culture, and culture generally, do matter. Maybe not in the raw power sense, and often one must be in power for the culture they create to have any mass impact, but it’s inescapable that culture is how a society promulgates new values and reinforces the current ones, those obviously being defined as “those which keep the dominant powers in power.”
That sounds harsh, but that’s how it is. If we’re lucky enough to have good leaders, the values in our culture are likewise good. If we have venal, corrupt, Godless, power-hungry freaks in power like we’ve had for the better part of 70 years, the entertainment wing of government pumps out stuff that reflects that. And since religion doesn’t matter anymore in America, pop culture has become the religion.
So in the micro level, however, are you going to lead people astray?
If you really want to be subversive, put positive messages focused on the good, the beautiful, and the true in whatever it is you create. That doesn’t mean it has to be bland or boring. Have all the blood and guts and sex you want. The question is: to what, or whose, end does it serve?