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The Meaning of Black Friday | Jacobin
"Black Friday relies for its occult meaning on the previous inviolability of Thanksgiving, which it then debases. This year, with the 8 AM Thanksgiving openings, it has completed the process, and eaten its way out the other side of what remained of the “holy” day. As a traffic accident it began, and thus does it end, a disaster that everyone recognizes as such, but no one has much idea what to do about — paralyzed by the contradictions of a culture whose system has gone to war against it."
holidays  shopping  retail  symbolism  symbols  capitalism  economics 
december 2014 by tsuomela
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor - Joseph Williams - The Atlantic
"After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day."
labor  retail  work  america  poverty  class 
march 2014 by tsuomela
NPR: Which Country Has The Most Mall Space? That Would Be Us
US v. European retail space - 20.2 sq/ft per person v. 3.3 (Sweden) and lower
retail  space  architecture 
february 2009 by tsuomela
deadmalls DOT com
Miscellaneous reports about retail malls that have closed up or are in serious decline. From MN - Apache, Knollwood, Bandana Square.
history  business  retail  commerce  culture 
february 2008 by tsuomela
Improv Everywhere
Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.
improvisation  public-sphere  retail  happening  art  culture  public 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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