Curb Your Consumiasm 2007

A late reminder but a good one nonetheless. Remember to please participate in the annual Buy Nothing Day today.
It’s no secret that this Friday and Saturday are hyped as the ‘biggest shopping days of the year’. The fine folks and instigators at Adbusters Magazine have been declaring these days as annual ‘Buy Nothing Day’.
Why, you might ask would anyone put forth an idea of potentially harming our economy with a national protest to simply not spend? Let’s remember Black Friday as it’s called, is a phenomenon created by media and retail advertisers to boost year end profits. Here’s a few reasons to curb your consumiasm:
• Contrary to popular opinion, the quality of our lives is not determined by consumer goods. If we can remind ourselves and others of that, then perhaps our priorities may shift.
• As important our purchases have far reaching implications. Who makes this stuff? Who profits from it? And how will the exchange of money for goods effect other peoples, countries and economies.
• We have it all already. Buy used. Plastic is an oil product.
• Remember the kids. They will one day inherit what our generation does. Teaching them to respect the lives of things is not easy and indeed it’s a war against advertising.
• Finally it’s not the end of the world. These things don’t have to be grand,huge sacrifices or even depressing. Small changes can have big impacts.

One Comment

  1. Posted November 24, 2007 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I did not participate in buy nothing day. I was busy replacing all of my gear that was stolen from me last month. All my camera gear and laptop. I also bought groceries and beer.

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