Poor, naive “Freegan Girl.”
Last week Newsweek launched a new blog to document the travails of “Freegan Girl,” a 37 year old Manhattanite who has decided to go “freegan” for a month. I’m sure Freegan Girl means well–my real problem is with the problem-solving new media team at Newsweek. To be fair, it’s not like they’re by any means the first, second, or third to jump on the crowded Freegan bandwagon; Adam Weissman and his crew have been suckling at the teats of the corporate media for about two years now.
It’s sad that “freegan” has become a major player in the debate as though it were an actual social movement, when in reality retrieving still-usable cast-offs is something people have been doing for a long time without the sound-bite-ready lingo created by an unemployed man who lives with his parents in New Jersey (a man who has also organized anti-V for Vendetta theatrical demonstrations). I am all for “protesting over-consumption,” and I applaud Freegan Girl’s efforts to clean up her act (though they’ll likely go the way of the “veg for a month!” bloggers we’ve seen lately). Hell, I think the world could use a tad more Marxism (even if that means fewer free bagels by NYU).
But this is not a social movement, and it is not by any means veganism (because the meat and dairy the “freegans” pull out of the garbage apparently doesn’t come from animals). So I propose a new term for this “movement,” one that does not piggy-back on veganism: Weissminions. Seriously, put that on a t-shirt–or better yet, in your next Styles feature. It’ll look awesome.