“Sermon #93

Slip on your Gap Jeans, your Nike T-shirt, your Reeboks – or maybe even your Cons if you think that makes you cool and ironic in a Kurt Cobain kind of way.  Grab your Adidas backpack, ride to school on your Razor, drink your Poland Spring, eat your PowerBar, write a paper on your iMac, slip on your Ralph Lauren windbreaker.  Buy the latest CD from Tower, check the caller ID to see who’s on the phone, eat your Doritos, drink your Coke.  Stare at the TV till you’re stupefied.

Is there any time of the day when we’re not being used and abused by the advertising companies?  Can we have an inch of free space, do you mind? …

Am I the only one who sees the irony of sitting in lit class reading 1984, having a discussion of Big Brother watching out for us like it’s some time way in the future?  Some science fiction nightmare that’s never really going to happen?  Hel-lo?  Our lives couldn’t be more dictated by the corporations if they gave our schools A/V equipment in exchange for making us watch commercials in class.

Oh yeah, they do that already.

Never mind.”

(Pg. 12-13)


Do you think that advertising has gotten out of control?  Do you think that people judge who they are and what they are worth by the things that they own?   Larry does, and he decided to do something about it.  Larry isn’t his real name, of course.  He started a website where he wrote sermons, and he picked the name Larry because it was the least biblical sounding name he could think of.  His website started off with one of two people seeing them a day.  He wrote about advertising, about how much people buy and throw away and about being true to yourself and your friends.  Things started to pick up and then the threats began.

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