Remember that remarkable book, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins? It dealt with themes of the over commercialism of society and the role of media today in making merchandise of human beings. In the book, the media hunger for "spectacles and drama" create a desire for arena type sacrifices. This overwhelming mass media hunger contributes to a very real physical hunger of the masses.
Of course, the book is not marketed that way, and apparently the store managers haven't actually READ the book. It is a blaring irony to see displays such as these in a book store. They are honestly making such fools of themselves- an open mockery! Right there under the sign "Hunger Games," merchandise of all sorts: tote bags, tribute guides, kits, journals.... oh, and down in the floor next to the barbie version of Katniss are, get this, are a few of the actual books in the series. One thing is clear: the stores want to see how much money they can milk out of this book. They do not care what the book is even about, or consider its themes. It is all about money and commercialism... feeding the beast. The raving mad lunacy!!!
On a lighter note, while we are on the topic of over-commercialism; I have a simple riddle for you. When the Elves on the Shelf, are left on the shelf after Christmas, what do you get? Well, obviously you get 30% off this "Christmas tradition!" Notice the subtitle on the boxes there? That is considered the "bandwagon" technique of marketing, an age old marketing gimmick. It is tradition after all! Everybody else does it! God knows you wouldn't want poor little Johnny to be different one little smidgin from all his sheep-le friends! I mean, what would your neighbors think of you and your parenting skills if your kids didn't get the benefit of doing what everybody else is doing? Everybody else is doing it so it must be ok. Right? Surely, if they say it on television, then it must be true! 8-[
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