Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What Are You Wearing To Buy Nothing Day?

Buy Nothing Day is Saturday, November 29, 2008.

One of the joys of social activism is how an event can mean different things to different people, while still fulfilling a worthwhile end.

For the smelly hippies, Buy Nothing Day is a protest against the conspicuous consumption and moral vacuity of the western world.

For those of us who enjoy luxury, rather than feeling jealous and ashamed of it, Buy Nothing Day is a salutary reminder to live within your means, and reject the hamster wheel of consumer debt and unrealistic expectations.

On a related note, if you haven't already read it, check out The Rebel Sell by Joseph Heath, a thoughtful well measured look at Consumerism and Popular Culture.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

And way more poignant this year as the world financial system just ran out of all the money it was spending that didn't actually exist.

"The call is for you Mr. & Mrs. Consumer. It's your great-grandchildren - they want you to pay them back the money you borrowed from them. Seems they want to buy food with it."