Last night, citizens from all over the United States took to the streets. They brought tents and sleeping bags, and their message was clear: they weren’t going anywhere. These patriots camped out in front of Best Buy and other large chain stores, taking up entire sidewalks with their fearless demonstration. In light of the recent police crackdown and eviction of Occupy Wall Street protestors in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Best Buy was already on tenuous footing at best. Still, Black Friday’s demonstrators were not be intimidated, and stood fast in their fight for cheap televisions and gaming systems. Continue reading
By: Kyla Garvey
99% of the things we purchase are either trashed or obsolete within 6 months. Reflect on the amount of time you spend in stores during the holiday season compared to the amount of time you spend with friends and family. Shopping leaves us with almost no feeling of fulfilment and does little more than attempt to fill some insatiable void; concerns over these aspects of consumer culture have prompted some to take action.
Ted Dave launched Buy Nothing Day (BND) in retaliation to the American tradition of Black Friday, which wraps up Thanksgiving every year with a no-holds-barred shopping spree. Held annually on November 25th, it aims to interrupt the vicious cycle of rampant consumerism. Continue reading