Posts Tagged ‘commercialism’

Green Chri$tma$

December 15, 2020

“Green Chri$tma$,” a 1958 send-up of holiday commercialism by humorist Stan Freberg, who was also an award-winning advertising executive. Music Director Billy May led the Columbia Records house orchestra and Jud Colon Chorale. At first the record was denounced as sacrilegious and many radio stations refused to play it, but the reality of this satire’s target became all too evident.

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Green Christmas

December 21, 2018

“Green Chri$tma$,” a 1958 send-up of holiday commercialism by humorist Stan Freberg, who was also an award-winning advertising executive. Music Director Billy May led the Columbia Records house orchestra and Jud Colon Chorale. At first the record was denounced as sacrilegious and many radio stations refused to play it, but the reality of this satire’s target became all too evident.

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Green Christmas

December 21, 2017

“Green Chri$tma$,” a 1958 send-up of holiday commercialism by humorist Stan Freberg, who was also an award-winning advertising executive. Music Director Billy May led the Columbia Records house orchestra and Jud Colon Chorale. At first the record was denounced as sacrilegious and many radio stations refused to play it, but the reality of this satire’s target became all too evident.

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Green Christmas

December 22, 2013

“Green Chri$tma$,” a 1958 send-up of holiday commercialism by humorist Stan Freberg, who was also an award-winning advertising executive. Music Director Billy May led the Columbia Records house orchestra and Jud Colon Chorale. At first the record was denounced as sacrilegious and many radio stations refused to play it, but the reality of this satire’s target became all too evident.

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Christmas Cards: Credit or Debit?

December 22, 2011

Christmas Cards: Credit or Debit?

“The origins of the secularized, cash-driven end-of-year holiday are to be found in the early nineteenth-century American East, where a boom of industrialism and prosperity coincided with an influx of German immigrants who celebrated Christmas, rather than the New Year of the English.”

— “Christmas and Cash: On the Origins of a Commercial Holiday,” Gregory McNamee, Britannica Blog

Further reading:

Consumer Rites: the Buying & Selling of American Holidays, Leigh Eric Schmidt (1997, Princeton University Press)

Christmas Unwrapped: Consumerism, Christ, and Culture, Richard A. Horsley and James Tracy (2001, Trinity Press International)

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Is Early Chistmas Due to Global Warming?

November 23, 2011

Is Early Christmas Due to Global Warming?
Santa in a Capitol Hill CVS in early November.

Global Warming has really disturbed the seasons here in Washington DC. Christmas started breaking out before Halloween. It’s not even Thanksgiving, but Christmas is in full swing all over town.

Actually, it’s not Christmas, it’s Xmas, the annual high holiday of retail. Here’s the early scouting report from the neighborhood:

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First USA Olympics™ Triumph

February 13, 2010

First USA Olympics™ Triumph 

Team USA scored big in initial Winter Olympics™  competition.  Snowboarder Greg Bretz won the McNuggets™ Eating Contest in Vancouver. Mr. Bretz beat teammate Ricky Bower 60 to 34.

McNuggets™  and related lubricating sauces are synthesized by the  McDonald’s™  Corporation. McDonald’s™ is the official restaurant of the 2010 Winter Olympics™. This is handy, since Vancouver has absolutely no other restaurants.

 

McDonald’s™ , McNuggets™ , and the letter “M” are registered trademarks of the McDonald’s™ Obesity Corporation. The very word Olympics™ and the burping cartoon guy are registered trademarks of the IMF IOC, which has the gall to link athletic excellence with junk food. Anyway, all this advertising crapola is used here under the parody clause of the Fair Use Doctrine.

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