It’s 12:30-something by the clock in the corner of my computer screen. A few miles from here, near the Big Box Stores that mark Any Exit, America, people are huddled in sleeping bags and around portable heaters, spending the night outside in order to be first in the doors.
Some are doing it for the deep discounts. Others are doing it to maximize the number of hours they have to spend. Most will regret it within 30 days, to some degree or another.
Black Friday – the day that most retailers count on to chart the course for the Christmas spending season – takes on an interesting twist when you juxtapose the advertisements with the headlines.
50 inch tv, $699 – Walmart
125 Dead in Mumbai – CNN
Guns-n-Roses’ Chinese Democracy, 11.99 – Best Buy
Airbus Jet Crashes with 7 Aboard – MSNBC
XBOX 360’s Mortal Kombat, $59.99 – Toys-r-Us
Brooklyn Rabbi and Wife Caught in Attacks – NYT
It kind of makes you wonder if the headlines and the advertising inserts are actually taking place on the same planet, much less at the same time.
Of course, we’ll push it all aside for a few hours. A collective, commercial delusion will fall upon the masses and those doorbuster specials will be important. At least for a while. At least for us in America.
May the peace of God fall upon the rest of the earth who did not see the ads.
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