Thursday, November 22, 2007
Buy Nothing Day, Taiwan n' Newfoundland
I can't decide if they purposely put Buy Nothing Day at the same time as American Thanksgiving weekend to make a point or if it was some colossal mis-scheduling. "Thanksgiving: these days, it's about a whole lot more than just killing those pesky natives..."
I fully support this event, but I really think they shot themselves in the foot choosing a day when the idea of buying nothing in support of combating rampant, out of control, and self-destructive consumerism is likely to get drowned out by abnormally high levels of rampant, out of control, and self-destructive consumerism.
Then I checked around a little and found out that this is predominantly a UK event. I couldn't even find one listed for the US. As Robin Williams said, "Taking a Quaalude after snorting cocaine is like tossing bricks into the Grand Canyon," if you know what I mean.
Buy Nothing Day is scheduled to take place in numerous countries, including Taiwan, but in true Formosan fashion we are holding it on November 25th, a day later. It will be like TV in Newfoundland: a little after everyone else and the reception might not be so good.