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Scrap Black Friday and don’t Buy Anything.

bndI find Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving pretty surreal with all the advertising. It is a definite attack on my senses.  It almost has become a holiday on its own. In my opinion, I think it has corrupted what Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays truly mean. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying some new fangle device, or some music. However, this can get a little extreme.  Take a look at this  video from last year and previous years where people get trampled in a store to grab some toys that are on sale.Adbusters  put together a campaign called Buy Nothing Day which happens today.   The Premise is simple; don’t buy anything today.  They have Public Service Announcement for their campaign which MTV won’t air because it is a little to extreme for their airwaves.

MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot “goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels”. Gangsta rap and sexualized, semi-naked school girls are okay, but apparently not a burping pig talking about consumption. If you object to this sort of corporate censorship, why not send them a message now?

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2 Responses

  1. kweenbee says:

    Get a grip. “Buy Nothing Day”? I competely understand not wanting to get hung up in all of the comercialism. However, thing about all the minimum wage retail workers who rely on the consumerism of others to help pay their bills. Why punish Joe Six Pack just to make a statement? Should we all be out at 4:30 AM to buy another Tickle Me Elmo? Of course not. But be real. Like it or not, America runs on consumerism. Don’t guilt us for that. If you can’t afford it or don’t like it, don’t buy it.

  2. Tarik says:

    I see your point. But look at all the money these retailers make, how much do you think they share with their minimum wage workers.

    My point is the extremes of commercialism, not the everday stuff. When people end up in the hospital because someone trampled another person to get to a toy, there is a problem.

    There is no balance and that is what is missing. I believe in capitalism but capitalism with responsibility.

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