You Are Dumb, which is not a blog, posts new columns every weekday, except for a couple of days each month when it doesn't. It is also a Twitter feed, @youaredumb, with content in a similar vein but much shorter. My spinoff food site, Forkbastard, can be found easily enough by the clever.
And now, a brief holiday message from You Are Dumb Dot Net.
Don't shop today.
A lot of major retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. A lot of them are opening even earlier than they did last year. And a lot of them are telling their employees that if they refuse to work on Thanksgiving day, they'll be fired.
You know why you have the option to shop today? Because your boss didn't tell you that you had to come into work today or you'd be fired. So, you can choose a quest for a deal that you're less likely to get the better the deal is, or you can choose empathy for and solidarity with someone in a worse situation than you are.
And I say this as a man who not only loves stuff, but loves useless stuff. Want me to prove it? OK. I bought a Samus amiibo yesterday. You either know what that is, and are already shaking your head in silent pity, or you will be after you Google it.
But having established my stuff-liking bonafides, there's one thing I like even more, and that's not being an asshole. And if you go shopping today, you're an asshole helping much bigger corporate assholes be much bigger corporate assholes. Let's drive this bullshit back to Black Friday where it doesn't belong, exactly, but where it at least doesn't ruin someone's holiday.