December 2, 2008

Black Friday and Journalistic Complicity

The excesses of Black Friday are possible because journalism is complicit.

The real story of Black Friday should be about gross manipulation of the consumer by retailers creating the illusion of scarcity. What we get instead: Shopping guides and encouragement.

Be ashamed, American journalism. Your foot mark is visible on the body of Jdimytai Damour.

7 Responses

  1. Tim 

    Ooh, provocative! If “media” didn’t take the tut-tut holier-than-thou approach to their after-the-tragedy news narrative (bad kairos), do you think there would have been as much motivation to point out their complicity?

  2. acline 

    Tim… Good question. I don’t know. I only know that I was disgusted by how my local paper handled Black Friday. I waited to post this because, well, it would have been even more provocative had I written it on Saturday.

  3. Tim 

    Interesting decision, to wait.

    OT, thought you’d enjoy reading this.

  4. acline 

    Tim… Cool! Thanks for the link.

  5. Jason 

    Good points, Andy.

  6. No other place to put this on Rhetorica…so….HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY!

  7. acline 

    Thanks, Jason 🙂