I took a drive this morning, mostly as the last few days have been uneventful and I like to start the car every day or two. I didn’t go to any major retail chain, beyond a quick trip to the grocery store.
I’m avoiding Black Friday. Of course now apparently there’s the fear of Brown Friday, which I guess is a thing now where people have rather . . . fecal abuse heaped upon a retailer. I’d like to make a witty comment, but really, it’s difficult.
However, something has struck me – I think we’ve made Black Friday a reality show. We discuss the horrific excesses, we show the video clips of the insanity, and it all feels a bit too familiar. It’s another case of morbid curiosity, and the peculiar rush we all get from talking about how bad it is.
Look, if people hate Black Friday madness – and I do – maybe it’s time to come up with a positive alternative. Not an anti-Black Friday statement or whatnot, but some post-Thanksgiving holiday. A day of giving, a day of greatfulness, a day of sanity, a day of donating our leftovers, something.
It’d be a lot more functional, because I’m tired of criticizing Black Friday, and Istill haven’t gotten all my bile out.
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.fantopro.com/, nerd and geek culture at http://www.nerdcaliber.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at https://www.stevensavage.com/.