Note from the Editor
Black Friday has come and gone, bringing mammoth lines, crazed crowds, and even Taser fights. Every year it seems that American consumerism expands in magnitude, like a bacterial infection spreading its materialistic toxins throughout the country. Commercials depict triumphant moms as warriors in the fight to procure the best holiday presents, turning the act of gift-giving into a brutal competition. Isn’t it ironic? There is so much emphasis on buying and “giving,” as if the willingness to purchase things for another is the best measure of character. In a way, the increasing commercialism of this season encourages selfishness, because it’s not so much about the receivers anymore as it is the givers. Finding the perfect present is often a matter of personal pride more than anything else, because so much worth is invested in material objects. Yet in the end money itself is just a societal construct, born from the desire to own and control, to place oneself above others; it is not a natural occurrence. And it shouldn’t be the focus of this season. Instead of worrying about what to buy for each other, shouldn’t we be enjoying what we have already? The intangible components of life are exempt from the obsolescence that governs material objects, and that is why these holiday traditions have endured throughout the ages.
On a completely different note, the Bolt website is live! Check out ehsboltnewspaper.wordpress.com to view full issues. Alternatively, you can search for individual articles by month, topic, or author. The purpose of the website isn’t just to increase availability of the paper, however. We want to start involving you, the readers, in the paper, and thus are planning to include reader responses to articles in our next issue. Please tell us what you think by commenting on articles on the website! Also, there is a suggestions page where we want readers to give us ideas on how to improve the paper. Our goal as staff members is always to make the Bolt the best it can be, and to do that we’ve decided we need to reach out to our readers.
Thank you for your continued support, and happy holidays,