Well folks, if anything screams "pop culture" in our society today, it's the inexplicable urge to spend money on crap we don't need. But there's another way to go, and Black Friday - the fabled day after Thanksgiving that starts the onslaught of Christmas consumption for soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and Playstation punks nationwide - is a great time to start.
That's because, since 1997, Black Friday has been celebrated by some hipsters as Buy Nothing Day, a "24-hour consumer detox" for your pocketbook and your soul. Here's how Kalle Lasn and his cohorts at the culture-jamming Adbusters magazine describe Buy Nothing Day:
"From joining zombie marches through malls to organizing credit card cut-ups and shopoholic clinics, Buy Nothing Day activists aim to challenge themselves, their families and their friends to switch off from shopping and tune back into life for one day. ... Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending."
So how about it, folks? After you've eaten your turkey, show The Man that you ain't a sheep. Just... buy... nothing. Say it along with me: I don't need an iPod... We don't need a Wii!
And if you must find a way to occupy yourself on Friday, check out the Buy Nothing Day Web site, where you can download cool poster art, view video clips, and read about other hip slacktivists' plans of inaction for BND (all for free, of course. Think of it as shareware for your brain.)
And if you're still bored after that, take a short moment to say hi to my new friend and fellow blogger, Ah-nold! (While you're at it, do me a favor and leave him a comment asking him politely not to let the cyborgs eat my brains, or whatever, or else I'll have to send Sarah Conner after his cigar-chomping patoot. He'll understand.)
Now go eat some pop candy. And then say, "Baa-aaa," sheep!
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