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Buy Nothing Day 2004 - don't participate in the farce

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

BND 2004

Does the mall rush on "black Friday" make you sick? Join in on Buy Nothing Day and don't participate. Sponsored by Adbusters (my own personal oasis during pangs of helpless cynicism and seething anger), it's a simple reaction to the mindless mentality that "I must shop 'till I drop" this Nov. 26. Fill your belly on Thursday, empty your wallet on Friday - why? Resist the bovine vapidity of traffic jams, long lines, and the beep-beep-beep of barcode scanners. Go hiking, sit inside and take shots, make a diorama - do anything but spend money this Friday.

Does this mean you can't buy anything this Christmas? Certainly not. Do you have to recycle trash to give to your friends instead of making thoughtful purchases? Not exactly. Does it mean you make a conscious decision to depart from the consumer binge that plagues the Friday after Thanksgiving for no discernable reason? Absolutely. This effort is more about breaking the consumer binge routine that blankets this time of year, and for some people, gives them the false sense that "the shit you buy" will "fill the void." Adbusters takes "black Friday" as indicative of this consumer halfwittery, and makes a concerted effort to disrupt it through boycotting and other more proactive methods: //www.adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/

Sincerely,

Daniel P. Welch
For interesting commentary in 20 languages visit danielpwelch.com
Check out Danny's latest articles:
We Are Here //www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/dpwelch22.htm
It's the Policies, Stupid: //danielpwelch.com/0411itps.htm
Arma-geddon Sick of You: //danielpwelch.com/0411asoy.htm


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - - Margaret Mead

Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens. - - Alistair Farrugia

"The core of our American democracy is the right to vote. Implicit in that right is the notion that that vote be private, that vote be secure, and that vote be counted as it was intended when it was cast by the voter. And I think what we're encountering is a pivotal moment in our democracy where all of that is being called into question." - -Kevin Shelley, CA Sec. of State


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