Doling out the brutal truth that the only reason birthday celebrations are a societal tradition is to give the hopeless majority the feeling of being special one time out of the year for doing nothing.
I rant about Facebook users changing their profile pictures to raise awareness for causes everyone already knows about anyways, how T-Mobile’s new no-contract smartphone plan is just a creative accounting trick and why no one is ever going to read your curated Flipboard “magazine”.
In addition, I explain how showrooming is due to retailers’ poor ability to close a sale, why Walmart’s misguided plans to innovate the buying experience should still be applauded, how Redbox is profiting over the industry’s infatuation with what’s next, and why people in office pools really pick upsets in their NCAA bracket.
Links from this episode:
Facebook users changed their profile pictures in favor of gay marriage at 120% rate
T-Mobile Killed The Smartphone Contract, But It Doesn’t Save You Money
Flipboard 2.0 now lets everyone run their own magazine
Hold up, Flipboard – what are you calling a “magazine”?
The dumbest way to fight showrooming: Charge customers $5 just for browsing
How To Curtail Showrooming: Charge Admission
Walmart to trial Amazon-style lockers for web purchases
Walmart considers asking customers to deliver its packages
Why Walmart Wishes It Were a Startup
Redbox clings to the dying DVD, and it could pay off