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world aids day: another commercialized holiday?

1 December 2009
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NYTimes Home Page: Starbucks and PRODUCT(RED) Advertisement

Today is World AIDS Day. Twitter went red. Even Google had a link under its main search box today that featured links where you could learn more and act against AIDS.

I’m always confused about how to commemorate the day: it’s not really meant to be a celebration, and worse yet, all the solicitation one sees from PRODUCT(RED) and the like in the week leading up to World AIDS Day makes me feel it’s been commercialized (much like that other big day in December). In fact, the image here is a screenshot of the NYT home page last week.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 January 2010 6:26 pm

    OH crud! i just typed a nice comment and as soon as i submitted it it come up blank! Please tell me it worked properly? I do not want to sumit it again if i do not have to! Either the blog bugged out or i am just stuipd :), the latter doesnt surprise me lol

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