Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Free-form Friday

Today is a commercial holiday, more holy in the minds of retailers and capitalists than Thanksgiving or Christmas: Black Friday.

In fact, according to the advertising flyers that spill from my mailbox, it is the beginning of a three-day bacchanalia of holiday-driven consumption--almost as if we felt the need to appease the dark gods of the world for having the temerity to celebrate a self-less virtue the day before.

Black Friday is a user holiday because it inspires the opposite of gratitude: it's all about getting the best deals for me.

That said, it's actually not a bad day for makers. It's a good time, while everyone else is out shopping, to get something constructive done.

Image: Photography by BJWOK /

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