Could this be the last Cyber Monday ever?

December 1, 2013
Black Friday brings out the best in people. Oh wait, our bad. That's just Krampus.(Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Black Friday brings out the best in people. Oh wait, our bad. That’s Krampus. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

While this weekend’s stabbing in the parking lot of a rural Walmart signifies Black Friday is tragically here to stay, some experts think Cyber Monday be on the way out. Do you? Let us know how you shop for holiday gifts by commenting below or tweeting us @WaPoExpress. Your response could end up in the next Blog Log.

“So long, Cyber Monday.” — Kaja Whitehouse at nypost.com bids adieu to the marketing concept of “Cyber Monday.” The term, introduced in 2005 to compete with “Black Friday” by promoting holiday shopping online, is on its way out, writes Whitehouse, because purchasing goods online has become as common as physically going to a mall.

“This is an ostensibly carbon-based life form arguing for garnished wages or a lost job because he couldn’t wear a face computer into a watering hole.” — Sam Biddle at valleywag.gawker.com describes the actions of a techie named Nick Starr, who recently posted a Facebook rant after a server at Seattle’s Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge asked him to remove his Google Glass, as it was the owner’s policy. Starr requested that the server be punished.

“If the Krampus’ primary function is to at least threaten to carry off naughty children, why should bells on the costumes be more common than baskets to take away bad kids?” — Al Ridenour at atlasobscura.com critiques the legend of the Krampus. Known in Europe as a colleague of Santa’s, the Krampus punishes bad kids by threatening to haul them off in a basket. However, as other cultures start to embrace the Krampus legend, his semblance and accessories — which sometimes include bells — have been altered.

“I felt eventually this service would prove equivalent to making my genome public information, via something called GenomeLeaks or the like.” — Tyler Cowen at marginalrevolution.com explains why he won’t partake in 23andMe, a personal genetic test that uses a person’s saliva to determine individual genetic makeup. The Food and Drug Administration recently demanded that the company stop marketing its signature DNA tests.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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