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When Black Friday Comes

When Black Friday comes

I’m gonna dig myself a hole

Gonna lay down in it ‘til

I satisfy my soul

-Steely Dan, “Black Friday.”

I love Black Friday. Not because I participate but because of the discourse it provokes. Google “hate Black Friday” and you will see scores of the self-righteous exclaiming in very cliché fashions why the day and those who engage in it are horrible. Google “love Black Friday” and you will see studies done by academics on the psychological reasons we can’t help but flood Wal-mart at 5 AM in order to save some money on socks. Really? Can’t we just shop without being analyzed?  Then there are the people in the middle of it all; the 247 million “shoppers” who participated in Black Friday weekend in 2012. That number kind of makes me think that everyone else needs to shut up. Continue reading “When Black Friday Comes”