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In recent years we’ve seen big changes in the Pop Culture retail landscape. Record stores are a thing of the past, of course. We all buy, own and experience music in very different ways than we did even ten years ago. Big toy stores like Toys R Us continue to struggle while small stores become as rare as Tickle Me Elmo was a decade ago. Independent bookstores have struggled, clobbered by online sales and the big chains. In fact, the remaining big retail chains are struggling too.
Barnes & Noble reported that revenue for its fiscal first quarter (which ended on Aug 1st – contradicting all those calendars they sell) at its retail stores and website fell to $939 million, a drop of 1.7% vs. the previous year. Ebida (earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization) for their retail business fell $21 million, to $45 million, versus a year ago.
But independent bookstores that focus on events, »
- Ed Catto
It's seldom an accident. It's not a lightning strike or a shooting star — more like a mad science. It's specifically designed to make viewers weak in the knees and unable to suppress an "Awwwww" while held in its thrall. (Resistance is futile.) It's the art of manufacturing mass-produced, all-consuming Pop Culture Cuteness — and it's huge business.
For the most part, the cuteness-industrial-complex runs parallel to the zeitgeist, but sometimes — when the stars align to shine a certain twinkle down upon us — it violently butts into the mainstream. The recent arrival of Minions, »
2 items from 2015
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