In “Fifteen Million Merits,” citizenship correlates to viewership: screens are ubiquitous. Those who bike to power the commune are forced to watch the screen and make purchases for their avatars. The monotony leaves protagonist Bing discontented with his surroundings, his anger culminating in a suicidal speech against the system. In response, the dominant structures ensure their perpetuation by maintaining an illusory ability for the population to dissent. The invisible governing bodies, present only in the three judges of the talent-seeking show Hot Shots, maintain strict political regulation by providing an outlet for rage. This requires a method for citizens to respond to their governing apparatus with a parallel passivity, apparent in Bing’s glass shard and its subsequent digital commodification for avatar use. Red-headed Kai’s purchase of the simulated shard does nothing but provide a meaningless representation, an object without content. The shard is more icon than instrument. Rage itself is displaced by the governing body through commodity. To purchase is to agree with Bing’s first broadcast: suicide is implicit in the shard. However, as Judge Hope suggests, “Authenticity is in woefully short supply.” The implication, then, is that truth itself is at stake here, that truth is something with economic value. Thus, we see a commodification of violence, but one without substance. Bing laments in his speech, “We buy shit that’s not even there.” So one can purchase rage against the governing body, but that very purchase reifies the same structure. Kai still bikes and watches the screen while purchasing the simulated shard. In offering assent to Bing, Kai’s imitation points to the domination of consumerism: to agree is to buy, which is inevitably (and ironically) to support the culture against which one dissents. The shard exists only virtually; it cannot provide release. The commodification of an ideology as a mainstream product thereby nullifies its true capacity to effect change, and dissent becomes an illusion maintained by the dominating powers to work as a release valve to prevent social pressures from boiling over.