Buy More Stuff
Buy More Stuff
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It’s pretty tepid, as performance art goes. It’s not over-the-top, like a lot of the flash-mob stuff you might see in New York, or as in-your-face as it gets in San Francisco. Just take an outdoor mall, in this case, 2010 at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, on Black Friday, stuffed to the brim with pedestrian shoppers of all ages from many walks of life. Then take anywhere between 10 and 40 people in their best formal wear carrying large black signs that all say the same thing in large white letters.


As the crowds spend (or perhaps click) their way to bankruptcy with money they haven’t got on the ‘plastic fantastic’, these campaigners were out in force doing what those Seattle activists do best of all.  You could overhear conversations with bemused shoppers wondering what they were all about, that went something like this:


“What’s the message here?”

“To Buy More Stuff.”

“Is this sarcastic?”

“No, ma’am. We think everyone should buy more stuff, and hurry!”

“Are you an anarchist?”

“No. I believe in spending. Either the stores will run out of stuff or you’ll run out of time!”


So what happened to the “Buy More Stuff” campaigners, I hear you ask?  Well, as far as I can tell, they mostly spawned off to become part of the Occupy movement in Seattle and Portland.


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