I 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?