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Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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6 Responses to Linkage

  1. The Sriracha factory, which is a just a few miles from my parents’ house, now offers free tours:,0,4813737.story#axzz2uxbyYkDy

    I need to get over there for a photo essay.


  2. Toddy Cat says:

    Lincoln: Saint who set free the black people, or dastardly creator of the suffocating, over-centralized modern state?

    The two are not mutually exclusive, by any means.


  3. agnostic says:

    Poor Radio Shack. They couldn’t make it in a world where no one cares about quality consumer electronics. A lot of their business was audio — how’s that going to work when people are content to listen to mp3 files that have 90% of the data compressed out of them, played by a machine that includes an audio player as one of the several things that it does (most of them pretty crappily), and whose amplifier is a cruddy set of earbuds or a pinhole speaker in a laptop / smartphone?

    Folks just don’t respond physically to music anymore — it’s only one of several distractions buzzing in the listener’s consciousness. It doesn’t need to sound or feel very good to distract them, as long as it’s on.


  4. agnostic says:

    Friggin’ Urban Outfitters has a better consumer electronics selection than Radio Shack does, as it pitifully tries to emulate Amazon in a brick-and-mortar form. They’ve got turntables, toy cameras, and retro video game systems with 50 or 100 games already loaded. Sounds cooler than whatever lame cell phone accessories or cruddy Radio Shack brand TVs they’re selling.

    I think that’s the only way Radio Shack could thrive — target the niche that still likes quality thing-a-ma-bobs, and want to try or test them out in person (you can’t hear speakers over the internet). Then shrink down to whatever size necessary. Lowest common denominator offerings, and competing on price with Wal-mart and Amazon is a no-win strategy.

    That could generalize to other brick-and-mortar places that are being wiped out by Amazon.


  5. agnostic says:

    (But please don’t re-brand the store as Radio Boutique…)


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