Black Friday: Consumerism Vs. Civilization

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Conscientious Consumer

Being a conscientious consumer is a growing act in today’s time. More and more people are switching to this for many reasons. I am using two different sources to inform you further on a conscientious consumer. The first article is Andrew Leonard’s “Black Friday: Consumerism vs. Civilization.” This article really intrigued me when I read it, for the reason of it opening my eyes more to how more ethical I could be, and how many people around the world are today. The second article is by Julie Irwin, “Ethical Consumerism isn’t Dead, It Just Needs Better Marketing.” This article is a complete opposite from the first however it still seems that these customers still have their own idea of what is right and what is wrong. The first article, “Black Friday: Consumerism Versus Civilization” is arguing about Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Andrew Leonard states, “ I am not opposed to vigorous sprees of retail spending. For the sake of the U.S. economy, I would love to see a robust Christmas shopping season and I plan to d o my part. I find the notion that we should “occupy Black Friday””(Andrew Leonard’s “Black Friday: Consumerism vs. Civilization”). According to Leonard one act that a conscientious consumer could do would be a strike that would result in more layoffs, pay cuts, bankruptcies, and foreclosures. Walmart would take a hit of course, however, so would Walmart employees. NEED CITATION However, there is a fine line on when it is enough.
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