|In his 2004 book, Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton argues that the chief aim of humorists
is not merely to entertain but “to convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly.” Think about the implications of de Botton’s view of the role of humorists (cartoonists, stand-up comics, satirical writers, hosts of television programs, etc.). Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies de Botton’s claim.
Akmed the Terrorist
The Lonely Island
Larry the Cable Guy
The Three Stooges
Abbott and Costello
Ellen de Generes
The first Buy Nothing Day—a day on which people are urged to purchase no goods—was organized in Canada in 1992 as a way to increase awareness of excessive consumerism. Consider the implications of a day on which no goods are purchased. Then write an essay in which you develop a position on the establishment of an annual Buy Nothing Day.
Brainstorm three good ideas to argue on this topic.
Hurts small businessess-6
Adds awarness to possibilities lower consumerism
Takes control away from big businesses—3
Affects the stock market-2
Requires everyone to plan ahead to be prepared--3
Requires consumers to see what they need on a day to day
Shows consumers are dependent on products/market-5
Challenges people to have self control they can apply to other areas
Emergencies create the need to buy
Lowers dependency on money
Toss away all three of the first ideas that come into your head. Now come up with a fourth idea that is original and innovative.
You would have to eat mom’s terrible cooking.
Lower air pollution.
Nobody would work.
Car wrecks be better because no one would leave.
Enforce people to make what they need—crafting day
More robberies because less consumers to get in the way
Makes crippled people like Evan not have to go to the store
Helps the environment—reuse and recycle
Encourages independence from the market
Leads to a higher birthrate