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Shoppers vie for copies of video games at a Black Friday sale at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. store in Mentor, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Retailers are pouring on the discounts to attract consumers grappling with 9 percent unemployment and a slower U.S. economic expansion than previously estimated. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Black Friday: its Dramatic Social and Environmental Impact

On your mark, get set, buy! As Black Friday approaches, consumers are poised for action and retailers cross their fingers. Theyre getting ready, as they do every year, to jump for joy over this American phenomenon. But should we really leave so much room for excitement around this celebration of unbridled consumerism and the blind prostration before high-tech that it showcases?

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