|This video has gone viral every
time that I have run it on the day
after Thanksgiving, since 2010.
The name "Black Friday" originated
in Philadelphia (where I currently
find myself), where it originally was
used to describe the heavy and
disruptive pedestrian and vehicle
traffic which would occur on the
day after Thanksgiving.
Use of the term started before
1961 and began to see broader use
outside Philadelphia around 1975.
An alternative explanation later began
to be offered: that "Black Friday"
indicates the point at which retailers
begin to turn a profit, or are "in the
Thanksgiving Day is a Federal holiday
in the US, which occurs on every
fourth Thursday of November. Many
non-retail employees and schools
give both Thanksgiving and the
following Friday off, followed by a
weekend, thereby increasing the
number of potential shoppers.
"Black Friday" has routinely been the
busiest shopping day of the year since
2005 and it is considered to be the
kick-off for the holiday shopping season,
in the US economy’s all-important retail
In recent years, most major retailers
have opened extremely early and
offered promotional sales, some of
which have disastrously culminated in
people being crushed to death,
underfoot by fellow frenzied shoppers.
I wonder if its message is more or less
relevant today as it was in 2010 , 2011,
2012 and 2013?
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‘Black Friday’: Madness of a Lost Society
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