Hello and welcome to another blog post that has been published past midnight.
Today was a wonderful day. I’ve grown a bit too attached to my new phone, but I’m sure that will wear off once it loses its newness. It should be noted that I bought my phone off of eBay so it’s not entirely wasteful (or entirely “new,” really). I’ve been thinking a lot about possessions lately and how people become so drawn to the latest-anything. I think I’ll blame my conscience on how my Soc professor chose to show us “Affluenza” last week. That has to be it.
No but really, once upon a time (which really wasn’t that long ago due to the fact that I am a mere freshman in college) I concerned myself so much with being an anti-consumer. I clearly have not succeeded but it was a fun time loaded with a oodles and oodles of optimism, frugality, Adbusters, guerrilla art, and a strong fascination with flash mobs. I still believe we can change our ways, but it all boils down to having it catch on and making thriftiness a trendy thing. I suppose one could argue that some hipsters are doing this, but it’s important to remember that people will in fact pay large amounts of money for something that can definitely be procured at the local Goodwill.
Meh. Maybe it won’t start with fashion. Maybe it will start with something else. Maybe Groupon will play a role. Maybe, maybe, maybe.