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Welcome To Retail History---China's getting Supersized

The Dogs of Kitsch are still going on a world tour ---to satisfy mass culture, by spinning and packaging the shared hallucination of everlasting uncertainty, fueled by the disease of "more". Hello and Buy Buy to Val(shorthand for Valley Girl) like totally: How do you say---Shop till you drop, in Chinese?

There are more products, more markets, more people, more competition. In our world of abundance and excess, competition is total and competition is personal. Difference rules. Small is beautiful. Small is the new big. Less has and always will be, more.

Go East Young Man!It was the mantra of simplicity Zero sum minus some.The further East the Dogs of Kitsch go, the further West they get. People are the only thing that make a difference. It's not about high tech machines or your nice buildings and logos anymore. Apparently, the Chinese have been eavesdropping in on Corporate America's Death By PowerPoint Venture third round funding dog and pony shows---"all we have to do is get 1% of the people in China to buy our product." Dim Sum and Then Sum...

Let's read the tea leaves:You can't teach an old dogma new tricks. Don’t mistake motion for progress.If you feel athletic, do you go to a sports bar? So, if you want to love things that can't love you back, go to a mall. It's the “democratisation” of boredom. Get your workout on, on the dehumanizing treadmill of materialism and consumption.

The mall is like, so prehistoric, and headed for extinction; according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and the Congress for the New Urbanism. They describe malls as grey fields, after brown fields, the term for toxic waste dumps. Yet you wouldn't know it. The old wine is in a new bottle. The art of telling stories even when there is no story to tell.

The karaoke bar is singing the praises of Don't worry be happy in Minnesota this Sunday and Beijing today. A cheap imitation of the once glory days (1980) of the Galleria Mall in Sherman Oaks, California.

It's closing time for the karaoke crowd ---who actually cares that you can belt out the loudest tune after three martini's --It's still the S.O.S. Same ole ___ bland copies of the original. It just goes to show---The secret of staying young is lying about your age.The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, opened in 1924.America's first mall, therefore It isn't young. it's old,83 years old. Yet, it's being portrayed asa rockstar---18 with 65 years experience.

Happy 10 year birthday- a decade of Minnesota's "Mall of America": 4 million square feet of sameness; the mere "mini me" of malls when it comes to China's supersized mall. Why not, the country with the largest people in the world should have the largest mall in the world and they do.

The Beijing mall is advertised as the mall that will change your life--- Everything is for sale: Goat-leather motorcycle jackets, Italian bathroom sinks, hand-made violins, grandfather clocks, colonial-style desks, Jaguars, diapers. And that's barely getting started. With 230 escalators, more than 1,000 shops, restaurant space the size of two football fields, and a skating rink - the Art Deco mall is a testament in glass and steel to the communist party's desire to create a stable, happy, middle-income consumer class.

Beijing also has 24 golf courses, despite a water shortage. It's Adam Smith's Diamond Water paradox--what's more valuable. It will be the mall that changes their lives. It will turn their homes into landfills. North America is really about services; everything that is manufactured is usually done in China, the Beijing to Bentonville AK(Wal Mart) supply chain. Now,Work that doesn't give many much meaning in life can be followed by free time that gives just as little meaning in life. Procrastinate Now! at the new Beijing Mall.

And I thought Skying in Dubai was ridiculous.


Chris Rock (I)Chris Rock's Take on Malls: There's no more America. Remember when we were kids it was America? You go see your grandma, go to her little town? There's no more little towns, it's all malls. All malls and they're all the same. The same mall St. Louis is the same mall in Detroit. Got the same Gap, Banana Republic, Chest King, Sunglasses Hut, all the same crap. And every town's got two malls: they got the white mall, and the mall white people used to go to. 'Cause there ain't nothing in the black mall. Nothing in the black mall but sneakers and baby clothes.

More on the 3 pound universe, that grey matter between your ears---your brain.

The world is like some giant Mall opening her legs, amid the silence of the cloister and the license of the brothel, Info Wh_res-- climb through, the new loophole that defines us yet doesn't negate us. The corporation is no longer a fictitious individual, the corporation is the individual--- us, and the means of production,ours. The right brain verses the left, and the right is winning.

Hotel @nyware is part of the "mood monopolists" who recognize that consumers' tastes and even values are changing as often as their clothes. Dotcom mogul Ed Reif's Trend 2007-black is the new red. Do chips the way you do life---in black. It's mysterious, non committal , like wearing sunglasses. Black Action.

The only truly unique asset a company has is its brain power. We live in a time where we may have more time than money, but time and talent can and should be comodified--- Bosses are extint, and any companies most precious resource are sneakers walks out the door around 5PM everyday.

There is wise and otherwise---Resumes are obsolete.Hire for attitude, training can be demand-driven, as you need to know it. At the beginning of the day, it's all about possibility, at the end of the day, results.




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  1. Anonymous says:

    This blog is fantastic. I would like to buy a few dozen copies and pass them out in airports ... Or leave them in hotel rooms Gideon style

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