New Cat Monopoly Piece: A Token Gesture?

imagesThe Monopoly Game adopted a new cat token after a one month popularity contest on the game’s Facebook page.  That’s right: The votes are in, and the iron is out. The kitty charm heralds in a new age of felinity for this classic game of old-fashioned winner-take-all capitalism.

I for one just wish I were more excited that cat won the great Monopoly token debate of 2013 with a sweeping 31 percent of the vote. Kitty handily beat out a helicopter, a toy robot, a diamond ring and a guitar.  But somehow having a little metal cat displace the little metal iron in this perennially-popular board game is not jazzing me like it should.

Maybe I, like some of the Hasbro company officials, am sad to see the iron token go, a classic and long-standing token from some of the game’s earliest editions. I gave my own clothing iron away sometime in the ’90s, but as a Monopoly token the iron was an integral part of the game’s 19th century zeitgeist.  It was one of Monopoly’s few acknowledgments of the working classes (the wheel-barrel notwithstanding); A tiny, token reminder that someone had to starch Mr. Monopoly’s collars.

It’s so like a capitalist to make us choose.  Why create this kind of false scarcity? If the public wants the cat AND the iron, (and the helicopter, and the toy robot, and the diamond ring), I say: Give it to us!

Advertisements
Categories: culture, entertainment, money, news, play | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Flux Comb

in which i record my pursuit of well-being in a world where the only constant is change

Juju Films

Cutting edge Multimedia Programming

Katzenworld

Welcome to the world of cats!

creekviewcarol

life in the not-so-fast lane

Success Inspirers World

Where you find help and support to grow

Catwoods Porch Party

~ art, cats, nature, animals, weather, and whatever ~

Literature and Libation

Through it all, your spirit's alive

Badhomeowner.com

Me and Hank vs. 90 year old house

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

Food...cooking...eating....tools - What works, and what doesn't!

blunderoftheday

Making stupid mistakes - it seems to be the only thing I'm really good at.

Reprogram Reality

Channeling and the Psychic Arts

Eldrid Elephant

Eldrid's work blog to help #wlf cats to remember things

Dysfunctional Literacy

Just because you CAN read Moby Dick doesn't mean you should.

caroscuro

The light and dark of Caroscuro

Ambition In The City

Living Life One Lesson At A Time

A Small Press Life

Not just a blog, a philosophy

The Office Inbetweener

SOME GUYS JUST AREN'T CUT OUT FOR A 9 TO 5...

%d bloggers like this: