Hey millennials: Why aren't you buying diamonds?
The Economist knows exactly why you aren't, because of "the taint of conflict and exploitation." But when you bait us, we are going to tell you it's because "we're burdened with crippling student loan debt and can't actually find a good paying job." That is, neoliberalism and late capitalism have failed us. HuffPo knows it.
We are not going to save the world by buying more shit. Especially expecting millenials to buy diamonds. We aren't even going to save capitalism, not that we should want to. We cannot keep buying shit, the earth can't handle it. George Monbiot knows it. Climate Change is real and frightening and we keep on buying stuff. Of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale - good that have planned obsolescence (breaking quickly) or perceived obsolesence (becoming unfashionable). A bunch of chrissy gifts cannot become obsolescent, though, because the term implies a loss of utility, and they had no utility in the first place
My ex loves the joke gift. Her and one of her best mates have a Christmas tradition of buying each other hilarious crap. She bought me some hilarious junk for my birthday. But how do you go about saying "no thanks" without being a buzzkill? I ended up in a one-euro shop in Dublin with her at Christmas time and it was FUN but...
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