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Epic fails : the Edsel, the mullet, and other icons of unpopular culture

Title
Epic fails : the Edsel, the mullet, and other icons of unpopular culture / Salvador Jimenez Murguía.
ISBN
9781538103715
1538103710
Publication
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
Physical Description
xviii, 165 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary
"This book surveys some of the most iconic failures in American popular culture in order to shed light on the inherent, often comic strain in American life between success and failure, fame and infamy, and, in sum, what Americans most strive for and what they most fear. Epic fails, as I describe them, are not only the 'next-big-things' but also those more popularly unpopular things that get bundled in with those major flashes in the pan. From such failed gadgetry as the Betamax and Microsoft Zune to fashion flops like the Mullet and Zubaz pants, this text captures the entertaining milieu of failure, while offering interpretations of both the intentions of endeavors prior to their collapse, as well as speculations about their counterfactual position and place in the history of American popular culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Murguía, Salvador Jimenez, author. Epic fails Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 15, 2018
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The Edsel
Athletic uniform failures
Betamax
LaserDisc
The mullet
Blublocker sunglasses
Zubaz
New Coke
Bud Dry
Crystal Pepsi
Burger King's table service
Zima
WOW Chips
Y2K
XFL
McAfrika
Microsoft Zune
Google Wave.
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