posted on Nov, 21 2010 @ 02:44 AM
Before I state my opinion on this, there are two things I need to make clear.
1) I wasn't sure of where to post this, heh, so if it is misplaced, I will appreciate it if a mod moves it to the right place.
2) I don't take sides with either capitalism, communism and/or socialism, or anything, but this just got me wondering.
When I was 15, I stopped watching TV altogether. No real reason, I just came to the conclusion there was nothing interesting, no interesting shows, or
anything. I started watching TV again, but just a very little this year (I'm 18 now, just saying to highlight the fact I haven't watched TV in like
2 and a half years). In those years I spent without TV, I was more interested in other things. I discovered ATS last year, and read a lot of topics,
read some philosophical texts, read a little bit about politics and all... And I realized, with all the TV ads, that EVERYTHING is capitalism!
I believe Christmas is a strong example. You see Christmas ads everywhere. On the TV, on the internet, on the streets. "Special discount for
Christmas", "Only available during Christmas days" items, Christmas-themed products like candles, lights, cookies, candy, other kind of food, other
kinds of decorations, painting books for Children, music... All of them, in one way or another, just lure people to spend money on products for their
homes and relatives. It's unbelievable how many people fall for it when they say "make your Christmas special with X product". Christmas is just
another capitalist holiday, another machine to produce money, and that's terrible.
Another example of everything is the World Cup. I am not saying because because I really dislike sports, but more because of what I have noticed. When
the World Cup was taking place, you could see everything soccer-themed. From the simple products as plushies of the Africa mascot, to soccer-themed
credit cards and "special offers" related to credit cards and banks! With the same "The World Cup can be great for you if you are with X company or
X bank". It's pretty terrible, because something that can bring genuine smiles to people is always abused by someone else to make more products and
What are your thoughts on this?