Shopping kills

A Wal-Mart employee is trampled to death by insane shoppers on Buy Nothing Day.
The New York Times reports on a Buy Nothing Day tragedy:
A Wal-Mart employee in suburban New York died after being trampled by a crush of shoppers who tore down the front doors and thronged into the store early Friday morning...The 34-year-old employee, who was not identified, was knocked down by a crowd that broke down the doors of the Wal-Mart at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y., and surged into the store. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 6 a.m.
One shopper, Kimberly Cribbs, said she was standing near the back of the crowd at around 5 a.m. on Friday when people started pulling the doors from their hinges and rushing into the store. She said several people were knocked to the ground, and parents had to grab their children by the hands to keep them from being caught in the crush.“They were falling all over each other,” she said. “It was terrible.”
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JEvins

The fact that people are willing to trample someone for electronics or other products shows how much control media has. The "corporate" as you call them may have well just rounded them up. Majority of people are mindless, thoughtless consumers. Everything they aspire to is told to them by the media. Which is run by big, rich corporations. So wise, it apears that you champion large corporations. I see no reason for your being here other than to contradict the whole basis of this site and publication. That is all.

JEvins

The fact that people are willing to trample someone for electronics or other products shows how much control media has. The "corporate" as you call them may have well just rounded them up. Majority of people are mindless, thoughtless consumers. Everything they aspire to is told to them by the media. Which is run by big, rich corporations. So wise, it apears that you champion large corporations. I see no reason for your being here other than to contradict the whole basis of this site and publication. That is all.

I am so wise

"Majority of people are mindless, thoughtless consumers. Everything they aspire to is told to them by the media." Dare I ask for empirical evidence? Particularly given how advertising budgets are often among the first things cut when a company runs into economic difficulty? The truth is customers have verying degrees of thoughtfulness depending the issue, their time, their interest levels, and other factors. When it comes to shoes, I could not care less so long as they fit. When it comes to history books, I often spend hours reading the backs of covers, reviews published in academic journals, scan the footnotes before making purchasing decisions. Others do the opposite or focus on attention to what they view as important.

I am so wise

"Majority of people are mindless, thoughtless consumers. Everything they aspire to is told to them by the media." Dare I ask for empirical evidence? Particularly given how advertising budgets are often among the first things cut when a company runs into economic difficulty? The truth is customers have verying degrees of thoughtfulness depending the issue, their time, their interest levels, and other factors. When it comes to shoes, I could not care less so long as they fit. When it comes to history books, I often spend hours reading the backs of covers, reviews published in academic journals, scan the footnotes before making purchasing decisions. Others do the opposite or focus on attention to what they view as important.

JEvins

I need not say more than the Cadillac Escalade. Or how about 20" rims or tickle me elmo, nintendo, playstation, xbox. Or how about fast food or Hannah Montana or any of the other product driven tv shows and movies that disney puts out just before the holiday season in order to lure not just shoppers but children. Because nothin says I love you like beating the hell out of somebody for a brats doll. Or shooting some one at toy r us because they have the last of the red power ranger. Im afraid if you can't see the evidence than your are completely blind. You really are the Adbusters troll, Just here to contradict people. Badly might I add. Your statements often contradict themselves. Also, based on your musical taste I say you drive an 85' mustang.

JEvins

I need not say more than the Cadillac Escalade. Or how about 20" rims or tickle me elmo, nintendo, playstation, xbox. Or how about fast food or Hannah Montana or any of the other product driven tv shows and movies that disney puts out just before the holiday season in order to lure not just shoppers but children. Because nothin says I love you like beating the hell out of somebody for a brats doll. Or shooting some one at toy r us because they have the last of the red power ranger. Im afraid if you can't see the evidence than your are completely blind. You really are the Adbusters troll, Just here to contradict people. Badly might I add. Your statements often contradict themselves. Also, based on your musical taste I say you drive an 85' mustang.

I am so wise

Just because a small minority of people, assuming your stories actually occurred and you're not pulling a Reagan Welfare Queen and making up the perfect examples, does not prove that A) people are out of control any more than the poor and far more violent behavior of the Battle of Seattle crowd proves the anti-globalization movement is out of control. Also, just because you dislike Cadillac Escalades, 20” rims, tickle me Elmo, Nintendo, Play Station, Xbox, fast food and Hannah Montana and the other product driven TV shows and movies that Disney puts out just before the holiday season does not mean those who do are brainwashed conformists any more than you’re a brainwashed conformists for parroting the Adbusters line. It means you have different tastes. Seriously, have you ever seriously engaged with any of those products? Xbox, Nintendo, and Play Station games have great story lines that when coupled with great graphics, soundtrack, and value are superior to any classical music performance or theater play. Fast food, contrary to propaganda of the neo-fascist Croatian regime of the 1990s, is not all that bad, is certainly tasty, and improved through the hard work, intelligence, and dedication of a great number of food scientists. Also, if advertising is so effective and everyone is brain washed by it, why hasn’t a fast food company risen up to rule them all? Also, I drive a 2003 Chevy. I purchased it because I was given a sweet deal because of military discounts, the great, low rate financing I got because of the UAW collectively bargain benefits package my parents enjoyed, and the fact it was the most fuel efficient car I could afford at that time.

I am so wise

Just because a small minority of people, assuming your stories actually occurred and you're not pulling a Reagan Welfare Queen and making up the perfect examples, does not prove that A) people are out of control any more than the poor and far more violent behavior of the Battle of Seattle crowd proves the anti-globalization movement is out of control. Also, just because you dislike Cadillac Escalades, 20” rims, tickle me Elmo, Nintendo, Play Station, Xbox, fast food and Hannah Montana and the other product driven TV shows and movies that Disney puts out just before the holiday season does not mean those who do are brainwashed conformists any more than you’re a brainwashed conformists for parroting the Adbusters line. It means you have different tastes. Seriously, have you ever seriously engaged with any of those products? Xbox, Nintendo, and Play Station games have great story lines that when coupled with great graphics, soundtrack, and value are superior to any classical music performance or theater play. Fast food, contrary to propaganda of the neo-fascist Croatian regime of the 1990s, is not all that bad, is certainly tasty, and improved through the hard work, intelligence, and dedication of a great number of food scientists. Also, if advertising is so effective and everyone is brain washed by it, why hasn’t a fast food company risen up to rule them all? Also, I drive a 2003 Chevy. I purchased it because I was given a sweet deal because of military discounts, the great, low rate financing I got because of the UAW collectively bargain benefits package my parents enjoyed, and the fact it was the most fuel efficient car I could afford at that time.

JEvins

You truly are a lost cause. When you get away from your video games and stop spewing your parents politics come back and we'll talk. AND please go to the symphony. I have nothing more to say to you. I say everyone ignore this person.

JEvins

You truly are a lost cause. When you get away from your video games and stop spewing your parents politics come back and we'll talk. AND please go to the symphony. I have nothing more to say to you. I say everyone ignore this person.

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