December 12th, 2013
Reader’s view: Holidays expose America’s ugly commercialism
By Ray Allard
Duluth News Tribune
The holidays always seem to expose the uglier side of American culture. While watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, I found myself mystified by the TV station bothering to take commercial breaks. With all its sponsored floats and product placements, the whole procession was one long commercial anyway.
After enduring the freezing night here in Duluth to watch the sheer joy of a hometown parade (not necessarily free of its own product placements), I had warm feelings about such activity as a reflection of community. By contrast, the Macy’s parade, with Ronald McDonald seemingly as the grand marshal, revealed America’s only true, traditional, inescapable religion: commerce.