breathing planet on Mon, 1 Apr 2002 22:33:08 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-bold] Big Business Whirls


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Whirl-Mart Consumption Awareness Teams gear up to push empty carts for Big 
Business Day.
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Locations:

Troy/Albany, NY     -breathingplanet@hotmail.com
Hudson, NY       -brucefrishkoff@yahoo.com
NYC, NY               -Astor Pl. K-Mart 11:45 AM on Sat. 4/6
Austin, TX       -howandwhy@meowmail.com
Denton, TX       -mwallace@library.unt.edu
Pleasonton, CA       -may_bee_doll@yahoo.com
Indianola, IA         -depew@simpson.edu

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Main Contact:  breathingplanet@hotmail.com


Big Business Day consists of a consortium of independently organized actions 
and performances in protest of the ways in which Big Business is taking over 
every aspect of peoplesí lives, eliminating choice, broadening inequality, 
and destroying democracy.

learn more about Big Business Day at:
http://www.citizenworks.org
Big Business Fact Sheet at:
http://www.citizenworks.org/bbbd/bb-glance.pdf


Whirl-Mart is a worldwide consumption awareness ritual which happens on a 
monthly basis and will coincide with Big Business Day in April.  
Participants gather at superstores and form a chain of people  who push 
empty carts through the aisles.  A Whirl may seem to be no more than an 
absurd and chaotic infiltration of peoplesí usual shopping space, but it is 
symbolic as well.  It is symbolic of the will to resist consumerism and 
advertising, despite being saturated in it mentally and physically (as one 
is inside a superstore).  As a form of protest, it is unique because of its 
silent meditative qualities.

Around the country and the world activists and performers are focusing their 
anticonsumerist energies and their situationist desires on forming 
Whirl-Mart Consumption Awareness Teams and organizing rituals.  These 
foolish ceremonies will serve as a monthly reminder of overconsumption, 
encourage people to think about their own rituals of consumption, and offer 
people the opportunity to express resistance in a unique and satisfying way.

If YOU want to ritualize your resistance to consumer culture, join a local 
Whirl-Mart, or create your own.
you can consult an online starter kit and list of worldwide contacts as well 
as other info./docu. at:

            { http://www.breathingplanet.net }


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