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

Did I say at any point that *I* work at the mall or some other crappy job and did I somehow give the impression that I don't understand what BND is about? Don't think so, so shove your condescending comment up your ass.

Might be hard for someone so utterly self-involved and pathetically megalomaniac to understand, but I was really just thinking of the people who work there and will have a crappy day because some little shit is under the delusion that his infantile pranks will change the way of world. Hate to break it to you, but they won't.

Anonymous

Did I say at any point that *I* work at the mall or some other crappy job and did I somehow give the impression that I don't understand what BND is about? Don't think so, so shove your condescending comment up your ass.

Might be hard for someone so utterly self-involved and pathetically megalomaniac to understand, but I was really just thinking of the people who work there and will have a crappy day because some little shit is under the delusion that his infantile pranks will change the way of world. Hate to break it to you, but they won't.

Anonymous

Clearly the previous post was absolutely correct that you are taking this personally and way too seriously.
I agree with you that any efforts should be directed more towards the actual consumers than the retail slaves of employment. Your bitching is nothing but detrimental and your need to devalue others only proves your own insecurity and fear.
You don't even realize it yet, but you are the real target of these ideas.

Anonymous

Clearly the previous post was absolutely correct that you are taking this personally and way too seriously.
I agree with you that any efforts should be directed more towards the actual consumers than the retail slaves of employment. Your bitching is nothing but detrimental and your need to devalue others only proves your own insecurity and fear.
You don't even realize it yet, but you are the real target of these ideas.

Anonymous

I've got a bad feeling about this. In most of the experiments i've run people react in the completly opposite and unwanted way to what we'd hope. For example; when complaining about something, say designer cloathing, even someone who would mildly disagree with people who pay too much money for them would start arguing back with the person I was speaking to. Simple people just want to belong and by attacking there comfy system it allows them to herd up together and shout at a common enemy.

Instead of labling ourselves as rebels and comsumers as sheep, we should try to make people more emotionally aware of what they're doing. Don't tell people to buy nothing, Ask them why 'we' think buying things makes us happy. Dont tell is how you think, make them think themselves.

Anonymous

I've got a bad feeling about this. In most of the experiments i've run people react in the completly opposite and unwanted way to what we'd hope. For example; when complaining about something, say designer cloathing, even someone who would mildly disagree with people who pay too much money for them would start arguing back with the person I was speaking to. Simple people just want to belong and by attacking there comfy system it allows them to herd up together and shout at a common enemy.

Instead of labling ourselves as rebels and comsumers as sheep, we should try to make people more emotionally aware of what they're doing. Don't tell people to buy nothing, Ask them why 'we' think buying things makes us happy. Dont tell is how you think, make them think themselves.

Anonymous

I definitely think tactics that incorporate a sense of diplomacy and creativity would get through to more people. "experiments" that make people "think" like the below post suggested. Remember the Truth cigarette ads? You dont necessarily have to destroy property or stoop to some nose picking pranks to get your point across.

Anonymous

I definitely think tactics that incorporate a sense of diplomacy and creativity would get through to more people. "experiments" that make people "think" like the below post suggested. Remember the Truth cigarette ads? You dont necessarily have to destroy property or stoop to some nose picking pranks to get your point across.

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