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An Apple A Day: The Fall and Rise of Apple, Inc.

A little over a decade ago, around 1996, the world believed that Apple Computer was on its deathbed. The company lacked a marketing plan. Its less efficient computers were priced significantly higher than the competition. And by 1996, the company had fallen out of the top 5 in U.S. sales. Nearly 15 years later, on […]

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The Year in Review 2009, Part 3: Culture and the Media

Part 3: Culture and the Media With the first month of 2010 coming to a close, we’re back to present the final chapter of the Year in Review 2009. Pop culture and the media. 2009 was a year of media frenzies. The White House engaged in a battle against Fox news, which it described as […]

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The 3rd Dimension

Despite relatively mediocre reviews, Avatar has grossed slightly over $1.6 billion worldwide since its December 18th release. Less than a month later, virtually every major electronics company was showing off 3D televisions and Blu-Ray players at the yearly Consumer Electronics Show. Just as 2009 could be called the year of Twitter and the iPhone, 2010 […]

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The Year in Review 2009, Part 1: New Governments

2009 was not exactly the most memorable year. If anything, it’s notable for being one of the gloomiest years of late. Bank accounts are drying up, foreclosures are through the roof, and unemployment is the highest its been in nearly three decades. In all parts of the world, there aren’t many who can look back […]

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Gleeks

It was first seen in high schools across the nation during September of 2009. It would be seen on shirts and in speech, and it would be alien to anyone who did not watch TV. Then, slowly but surely, it would make its way into the magazines, into the words of talk show hosts, and […]

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Is It Easier to be Angry at Unattractive People?

It is difficult to detach ourselves from physical appearance and judge by character. Looks are the first things we see, the first things that we react to, and they, unlike personality or intellect, fully reveal themselves immediately. There’s no wait involved. It’s instant gratification, and it’s easier, more natural even, than having to delve deeper […]

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The Marketability of Mediocrity: Soulja Boy and the Music Industry

In his own way, rapper Soulja Boy (born DeAndre Way) is a musical genius. At the age of 19, Way has seen three of his songs reach the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 20, with his number one single “Crank That” capturing the top spot for 7 weeks—longer than such classics as The Beatles’ “Can’t […]

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