Friday, November 27, 2009
The Black Friday media enablers; with country mired in deep recession, media orgy on shopping girth abounds
Record unemployment. In some states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California, well over 10-15%.
A continued flurry of foreclosures; rampant bank failures. The worst "deep recession" in over twenty-five years. Two wars. Need we go on?
Yet with all of that? Black Friday.
Huh? Am I missing something? Has our beloved media of TV/radio and Internet troops lost its collective mind? Do they not measure the feeling at home? I don't know about you, but many of my friends are hurting. They're worried. They live check to check. Most don't have kids, which seems out of the equation today. And these are the ones who have jobs.
Does it not seem a bit bizarre that almost every outlet is showing the morons out at the local Target schlepping down droids, ipods, electronic gadget-dreck with all the uncertain residue in the air? Have they not "read the room?"
This isn't about being scrooge or pooping the party. This is about common sense. For every yutz who couldn't wait to get up at 4AM so they could stuff their shopping carts with a $29 camera phone, there's about 50 million folks out in the societal wilderness without a job feeling the pain. They're "Black" Friday is making sure the electricity bill is paid.
This not a particularly happy post this year as the holiday season rolls out; last year was tough too, but this year is worse. Again, you can see it, feel it and it hits square in both the mindset and heart. It's tough out there.
Yet. Black Friday.
"Nervous retailers", "anxious shoppers". Yeah, ya think?
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