Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This Is The Current

Oh I love listening to The Current. Anna Maria Tremonti, you've done it again. I must acknowledge that overall, I have a fairly non-chalent and passive disposition, but from time to time The Current gets me fired up and I would be compelled to say that I thoroughly enjoy it.

Today's topic was on Christmas shopping. A subject that gets my blood boiling slightly to begin with. What is so great, is that the topic is touched on from all points of view, and leaving you with no real feeling of biasedness*. They begin with an interview of high school students encouraging people to downplay the commercialism of Christmas through a play. Good for ye, I thought. Christmas is a celebration to bring people together and be merry. Hence, the Merry Christmas.

Cut forward. Now the interview is turned to an American philosophy professor who claims, "it's time to make Christmas even MORE brazenly materialistic than it already is." Oh yay, I get to yell at the radio again! Firstly, he refers to those who don't believe in a commercial Christmas, as "morons." Calm yourself Iago. He then semi-redeems himself by noting that Christmas should be spent however you feel it should be spent. Whatever your religious or holiday beliefs are, celebrate in your fashion. OK, fair enough. Then Anna asks, "So what do you feel about people who spend their Christmas adopting a goat for a family in a third world country, say, Tanzania?" He replies, "Well that's fine if they want to spend their Christmas on a goat for a family in Tanzania..." And here's the kicker:

"But the people of Tanzania don't want a goat for Christmas, they want global capitalism."

Actually, instead of yelling, I laughed. I laughed at what a silly comment this was. Because frankly, a family in a third world country would probably LOVE a goat. And water. And other food. And medicine. And maybe some eye glasses. Professor Andy Bernstein seemed pretty certain that buying more things for Christmas, will (given) help the economy, thus expanding capitalism on the rest of the needy world. I am sorry Dr. Bernstein, but if the people of North America buy more things for Christmas, all I can see happening, is people becoming more greedy and less willing to share their riches with the rest of the Earth.

There really is a person for each possible opinion. I think I'll stick with the one about togetherness and sharing. And on that note, Merry Christmas y'all! Love.

*I looked up "biasedness" in the dictionary and it wasn't there. But that is the word I felt was right. Correct me if I'm wrong. Which obviously I am, pertaining to Merriam-Webster.


Anonymous Singingsally said...

Buying more will not necessarily help the economy. That is just a myth of sorts. This wise prof would need to examine the amount of credit used vs hard cash etc. Honestly people! SHUTSH ITSH!

9:48 a.m.  
Blogger Janette said...

I love CBC because it has such a knack for hiring people with great names... Anna Maria Tremonti, Ian Hanomansing, Sasa Petricic. And Jian Ghomeshi. I would marry him for his name and smooth voice.

11:58 a.m.  
Blogger Lucca said...

Woh! your bro is spending christmas with us. It shall be a double dose of dunsford this winter.

12:47 p.m.  
Blogger Josh said...

"But the people of Tanzania don't want a goat for Christmas, they want global capitalism."


5:11 p.m.  

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