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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing – Albert Einstein

Buy Nothing Day (better know as Black Friday)


Black Friday is a day dedicated to consumerism. It’s the day following American thanksgiving, in which many major retailers open extremely early and offer sales to kick off the Christmas shopping season. Shoppers line up and camp out outside of stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy and storm the doors upon opening. Consumers get so out of control that people are injured and even have died from trampling and shootings!

In lieu of Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day has emerged to protest against consumerism. The campaign was developed by Adbusters, a not-for-profit, reader-supported magazine based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 2000, advertisements by Adbusters promoting Buy Nothing Day were denied advertising time by almost all major television networks except for CNN. The campaign isn’t just about changing your habits for one day but it’s about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste.












Video Links:

George Carlin on Consumerism

Big Ideas that Change the World – Consumerism Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 

Great quotes about consumerism:

A shopping cart flipped upside down forms a cage that I use to protect myself from consumerism – Jarod Kintz

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”  – Terence McKenna

“Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.

Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will.At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.”  – Chuck Palahniuk



2 thoughts on “Buy Nothing Day (better know as Black Friday)

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