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Adbuster’s Buy Nothing Day on Black Friday

November 26, 2010

For years I have been following Adbuster‘s campaigns to undermine the construction of the consumer citizen.  Today they will again launch their Buy Nothing Day.  Sadly Americanism has been transformed into ones ability, and willingness to shop.  Try and argue against this, but it’s hard not to disassociate Thanksgiving from “Black Friday”, or Christmas from purchased gifts, or even any birthday from presents.  Today millions will financially support, without question, the same corporate companies who have slowly outsourced work overseas, and grew to the extent of threatening the American small business. In 2008 there were $10.8 billion in sales during Black Friday, with the average shopper spending just under $400. I’m not trying to argue against people going to the mall at ungodly hours to get their consumer fix.  But eventually people will learn that there are high costs to low prices, and Adbuster’s Buy Nothing Day might work as a possible alternative… someday.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mr. Big permalink
    November 26, 2010 8:21 am

    Ya know, I agree. People waste far too much time and energy on expensive clothing, phones, computers, cars, degrees, and everything else. It’s all about how flashy and expensive the stuff you have and the things you do are. It’s disgusting.

    Materialism is the cause behind this evil. People have pointed this out for millenia, from Christians to Hindus.

    What I love is how you shift the blame from us (the consumer, the actual douchebag showing off the shiny stuff) to the corporations (who do evil things like providing jobs to dirty foreigners). Just as drunk-driving is a societal ill, we can blame Four Lokos or the cars instead of the drunken antics of the drunk driver himself, right?

    I mean, it’d be far more constructive (and therefore difficult) to combat materialism than it would be to just blame corporations or capitalism or something, and no one wants to realize their own selfishness or superficiality might be the problem. It’s way more rebellious and badass to just blame the bad guys!

    Pura vida, bro.

  2. Austin permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:53 pm

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