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Black Friday is more popular than Thanksgiving, according to Twitter, highlighting America’s trend away from family life and toward Idiocracy-style consumerism.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving considered the first day of the Christmas shopping season, was mentioned nearly 25% more often than Thanksgiving at their peaks on Twitter, 77,400 times vs. 59,100,social media analytics revealed.
Screenshot of hashtags.org showing how often the hashtag #BlackFriday was used on 11/28.
Screenshot of hashtags.org showing how often the hashtag #Thanksgiving was used on 11/27.
And not only has Black Friday taken over Thanksgiving on social media, but it’s also slowly starting to take over the holiday itself; more businesses are opening on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday shoppers, forcing retail workers to spend the holiday not with their families but with violent mobs chasing illusionary deals.
The “deals” are so misleading, however, that retailers are in fact making more money during the holiday period.
It works like this: in the weeks and even months before Black Friday, retailers artificially raise the price of goods above normal to make Black Friday specials look spectacular in comparison.
Even if shoppers were to score a killer deal on a single product, they usually buy it alongside something else with a 98% markup, ensuring that the retailers, not the shoppers, win at the end.
And the shoppers are completely unaware of all this while they punch, kick, and trample each other for the latest electronic slave goods.
Written by Kit Daniels
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