It's no longer news.
America - dying from consumption...
As I get older, I see the holidays for what they are - or rather what they have become. Retail sales, football, commercials, retail sales, marketing tricks, entertainment, retail sales...
I used to watch the morning news shows, I no longer do now. All that screaming and cheering in between breaks - people so happy just to be on TV. There is very little news - unless it is entertainment news - about celebrities and movies and record deals owned by the parent company, of course. Every aspect of life is hyped and cheered and people are so damned excited about everything on camera - all the time. They're so excited they can't wait to get to the malls.
I heard there were people camping outside one retailer since Monday - a man wanted a 3-D TV - from Santa, no doubt.
I've been manipulated by marketers all my life.
I used to wear Polo - still do - but I haven't bought anything new for years. I like preppy - horned rimmed glasses and stuff like that. The other day a friend showed me the latest Ralph Lauren mailing he received. It was all the 'Purple Label' merchandise. (I don't get out much - so it was new to me.)
Some of the product looks exactly the same as the ordinary label clothing - except for a couple details - the horse is different on the polo shirt, and I think Ralph's signature may be on the sleeve. I can't remember if the shirts sell for $295- or $395 - but the last time I bought a polo shirt, I think it was $65-. Like I said, they look the same to me. Lauren also showed 2 watches from $6600- to $25000-.
There is a lot of money out there. Can you imagine how the Purple Label customers laugh at the poor people camping out to buy a 3-D TV?
I suppose Ralph Lauren is only cashing in on Tom Ford's clients - I forget what the Prince of Santa Fe charges for a suit - I could buy a new car - budget of course - for the same cost.
The other night I watched a PBS piece on David Geffen. One of the richest men in the world. He made his fortune from entertainment - early on he managed groups such as Crosby, Stills, Nash. A "counter cultural" group at one time. Geffen helped Obama get elected. He also champions gay rights, gay marriage. The program hinted that he was responsible for Hilary Clinton not getting the nomination for president.
The marketing of evil.
Tom Ford's house, Santa Fe.