This is the talk of the week, I guess, this Black Friday thing. On social media and everywhere we go, posters up, newspapers splashed with deals coming, and pamphlets … You name it, we’re aware of it. Big bargains coming …!
But I’m not so sure. I’d like to think it’s a symptom of the society we live in. The one where we buy without turning the thing we are buying around.
That said then, the problem is probably not The Day and Event itself. It’s the lemming-like role it plays in rampant consumerism. We have a finite planet, but seemingly infinite bank accounts, despite professing that things are tough. I beg to differ. Things from where I sit, are not tough. Not affluent and blow your cash as you please, but hell, ask the folk who have a fraction of what we have what tough means.
I dunno [intentional American English slang], maybe I’m too …? I dunno … any ideas? Green? Aware of my environment and the tiny but cumulative role I play in it? I despair.
Anyway, Matt Walsh writes a good piece on it in the Huffington Post.
And, the original Story of Stuff may be an oldie, but it’s still as relevant as it was the day it first aired.
I have nothing to add.