The Carnivalesque Rebellion Issue

BND Actions

A reader suggests what you can do this Buy Nothing Day.
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People in a mall are a mob of narcotized shopping zombies. It’s your duty to liberate as many of these poor souls as you can from their perpetual role in this horror flick, Night of the Shopping Dead.

If you see someone sitting on a bench, accost them: “Get off that bench! Resume shopping! We’ve got a planet to consume!”

Always subvert the stupidity of the marketing campaigns. Go into the Gap and ask if the “1969” jeans have been on the shelf for 40 years.

Go into Victoria’s Secret where the pics of the barely postadolescent models wearing almost nothing are plastered everywhere on the walls and ask if this is the adult bookstore and can you have $5 in quarters.

When in a high-end store like Lord & Taylor stop right in the middle of that obnoxious gang of perfume-spritzing ladies in black, remove a booger from your nose and look at it with same pride that the woman in front of you has for that bottle of Channel No. 5 she just paid $50 for.

Another favorite tactic: As you pass this haute couture stink zone, wave your hand back and forth, pretend you’re passing out and shout, “Oxygen! Oxygen!”

Bring a pillow from home and stuff it in your shirt or under your coat. Smile at the security guards as you exit the mall.

—Steven Martin


Find this and more reader's letters giving suggestions for action this Buy Nothing Day on our BND campaign page and find fellow activists near you at Meetup.com/Buy-Nothing-Day.


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Anonymous

At the same time, so is yours. I'm not saying I don't agree with you but maybe there's a better way to prove your point?? The comment you respond to is one of the few comments that differs drastically from the flow of the others. I've heard people say that Adbusters - and people who read Adbusters - are a bunch of hypocritical nuts. Given the response given, I can see why. Maybe, providing a well reasoned response that takes in the other person's intelligence and right to an opinion would be a better way to involve others in great conversation. Maybe, it might it even provide a chance to demonstrate what exactly the rebellious are trying to prove.

I do not seek to insult. Only to point out a lost opportunity to lead with more humility.

Anonymous

At the same time, so is yours. I'm not saying I don't agree with you but maybe there's a better way to prove your point?? The comment you respond to is one of the few comments that differs drastically from the flow of the others. I've heard people say that Adbusters - and people who read Adbusters - are a bunch of hypocritical nuts. Given the response given, I can see why. Maybe, providing a well reasoned response that takes in the other person's intelligence and right to an opinion would be a better way to involve others in great conversation. Maybe, it might it even provide a chance to demonstrate what exactly the rebellious are trying to prove.

I do not seek to insult. Only to point out a lost opportunity to lead with more humility.

Anonymous

i cant participate in BND and not be a hypocrite, but what i did instead was that i made this list of movies that question consumerism maybe that will help too check them out:
http://su.pr/2ynDyi

Anonymous

i cant participate in BND and not be a hypocrite, but what i did instead was that i made this list of movies that question consumerism maybe that will help too check them out:
http://su.pr/2ynDyi

Anonymous

Great! Harassing the poor sods who work there to pay their rent because they, unlike you, don't receive financial support from their parents. That'll teach 'em and really hurt the bottom line. Guess since it's just the unenlightened masses they are fair game for your fun, excuse me, "actions".

Anonymous

Great! Harassing the poor sods who work there to pay their rent because they, unlike you, don't receive financial support from their parents. That'll teach 'em and really hurt the bottom line. Guess since it's just the unenlightened masses they are fair game for your fun, excuse me, "actions".

Fritz

I feel like You took this article way too personally and kind of out of context. The point is to make people stop and think about their consumption. Not to put YOU and the rest of us without a silver spoon in our bums out of a job (with no hope of accomidating for the loss). A few pranks shouldnt have any effect on your bread and butter this holiday season- so calm down. Even if the fall of capitalism should entail you ultimatley loosing your job- that would not be anytime soon. And heres a thought- The Mall is not the only place to work! This isnt AB vs you and your crappy job. This is the people vs. the status quoe.

Oh and to the comment about leaving innocent people alone to mind thier own buisness... agreed, one would not like to be harrassed and bothered when one is seemingly going about innocent buisness- however I see nothing wrong with a little discomfort and agitation to awaken new paths and thoughts in the malignantly apathetic masses.

And to the whole post- public specticals are indeed a useful plan, but only if executed efficiently and effectivley. Annoying pranks can be just as usless as looting and destroying. This is nothing trivial that we are striving for, so maybe picking our nose to make a point- really isn't making the right point.

Fritz

I feel like You took this article way too personally and kind of out of context. The point is to make people stop and think about their consumption. Not to put YOU and the rest of us without a silver spoon in our bums out of a job (with no hope of accomidating for the loss). A few pranks shouldnt have any effect on your bread and butter this holiday season- so calm down. Even if the fall of capitalism should entail you ultimatley loosing your job- that would not be anytime soon. And heres a thought- The Mall is not the only place to work! This isnt AB vs you and your crappy job. This is the people vs. the status quoe.

Oh and to the comment about leaving innocent people alone to mind thier own buisness... agreed, one would not like to be harrassed and bothered when one is seemingly going about innocent buisness- however I see nothing wrong with a little discomfort and agitation to awaken new paths and thoughts in the malignantly apathetic masses.

And to the whole post- public specticals are indeed a useful plan, but only if executed efficiently and effectivley. Annoying pranks can be just as usless as looting and destroying. This is nothing trivial that we are striving for, so maybe picking our nose to make a point- really isn't making the right point.

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