From the ABC Nightly News
November 1, 2001 5:55 PM   Subscribe

From the ABC Nightly News an interesting story about changes in buying habits over the past almost two months.
posted by bjgeiger (19 comments total)
go enya!
posted by rebeccablood at 6:20 PM on November 1, 2001

My friends who work in retail, say that sales in general have slumped off. Are more people really buying angels? Is there going to be another cover story on angels in Time... If angels do exist, will buying a little metal pin of one help protect you? I think I'll sink my money into stuffed penguins.
posted by drezdn at 7:07 PM on November 1, 2001

I hear porn and beer sales have been through the roof.
posted by hellinskira at 7:33 PM on November 1, 2001

I wonder if cigarette sales have gone up too.
posted by ArkIlloid at 7:59 PM on November 1, 2001

After all those rumors of people letting rescuers know they were alive with cellphones, I was expecting sales to skyrocket... Or at least a distasteful ad.
posted by drezdn at 8:01 PM on November 1, 2001

I too am expecting a distasteful ad. One featuring a new SUV going over the rubble with a name like "Endurance" or something. Dust covered firefighters would be in the background holding their hands over their hearts. The sad thing is that you'll probably see this in 6 months, and it'll be a whole lot worse.
posted by geoff. at 9:09 PM on November 1, 2001

"I hear porn and beer sales have been through the roof."

I dunno about that, but porn searches have gone up 50% higher on the internet, according to my stat-server. over 800 people have come across my weblog looking for porn alone. Thing is, I don't run a porn site. Sorry to disappoint them.
posted by Katy Action at 11:08 PM on November 1, 2001

What about Koran sales?
posted by knutmo at 11:52 PM on November 1, 2001

Talking about changing buying habits, I couldn't resist sharing this Glaswegian example of same.

(IKEA ad, req.Real and fast connection, via The Guardian's Creative Lounge)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:38 AM on November 2, 2001

The whole religious renewal hadn't really bothered me, since I live in Tennessee, and Christianity is usually cranked up to 11 all the time around here anyway. What does scare me is the fact that programming on NPR is now being underwritten by Tyndale House, a conservative Christian publisher, as an opportunity to hawk the latest book in Tim LaHaye's "Left Behind" series of dispensational/apocalyptic Christian fiction.

Don't forget that Tim LaHaye was both co-founder (together with Jerry Falwell) of the Moral Majority, and the founder of the extreme-right-wing Council for National Policy. He is also an alumnus of Bob Jones University.

Forget unrest in the middle east. NPR programming sponsored by the radical religious right is a true sign of the End Times, my friends.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make peace with my Goddess.
posted by at 5:27 AM on November 2, 2001

Goddess? But otherwise, I agree: Left Behind + NPR= Eeyew!
posted by y2karl at 6:22 AM on November 2, 2001

Of course, TV news, whose bread 'n butter is gettin' you to stay home in a a panic, so as to reap the ad revenues derived from the captive audience thereby created,will be selling you The Fear of Death BY ANTHRAX!! & 1,000,000 ways You Are in Danger of a Terrorist Attack! Playing now at a small blue screen near you..
posted by y2karl at 6:28 AM on November 2, 2001

No offense, Katy, but "Katy Action" sounds like a damn good pr0n name to me. Does it show up on the site?
posted by jpoulos at 6:33 AM on November 2, 2001

y2karl: Maybe Jesus didn't really walk on water or come back from the dead. Maybe Muhammad didn't really cut the moon in two. Maybe the 'ancient' views of Wicca aren't so ancient after all. Anyone who wants to cling to their myth(s) of choice is cool with me, so long as they don't use them as justification for bringing harm to others. Yanno? =]
posted by at 6:39 AM on November 2, 2001

Teddy bears and angel pins -- I'm disheartened that so many people are so infantile.
posted by Holden at 7:51 AM on November 2, 2001

> NPR programming sponsored by the radical religious
> right is a true sign of the End Times

...whereas being sponsored by Exxon is perfectly cool? Or is that End Times stuff also?
posted by jfuller at 8:34 AM on November 2, 2001

It's all about comfort food. I want to see some hard numbers on how much mashed potato consumption has gone up since Sept. 11.

but, re: distasteful ads: I'd swear that I saw over some guy's shoulder on the subway yesterday a GM ad with a big headline "SACRIFICE IS FOR SUCKERS". Is there anyone who's seen this and can confirm? And maybe explain how it is *not* as utterly tasteless as it seemed from my trying-to-be-not-too-obvious glance?
posted by Sapphireblue at 11:44 AM on November 2, 2001

There has also been a huge upswing in incidents of hugging oneself while rocking back and forth; dark, incoherent ramblings; and hiding under coats until Mommy says everything is okay, sweetie.
posted by Skot at 11:56 AM on November 2, 2001

jfuller: Yeah, that too.
posted by at 5:05 PM on November 2, 2001

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