Culture of Consumerism: A Brief History of Black Friday

Culture of Consumerism: A Brief History of Black Friday

A Brief History of Black Friday: Does Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday prove we have crossed the Rubicon into mindless consumerism?

Black Friday is the day following the 4th Thursday in November, the federal Holiday of Thanksgiving, and is the unofficially official beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

This is why when you went outside today you saw hordes of mouth-breathers (like this author) who stumbled over themselves and others, effectively tap-dancing on grandmothers necks in order to get ‘drastically reduced prices’ on mass-produced short-lived memes like Tickle-Me Elmo and Cabbage Patch Kids (or Supras at Zumiez).

What is this consumer Bacchanalia and ritual to the god of green that has america gridlocked in attempts to get sale-priced things we don’t need, and what does Black Friday reveal about American culture?

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