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trends | Jan 5th, 2017

Popularity Isn’t Luck. It’s a Science. Derek Thompson’s New Book Hit Makers Explains How Major Trends Take Off

Why do some songs, apps, games, films, or celebs blow up, while others flop? To Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson, “going viral” is more than blind luck. In his new book Hit Makers, he reveals the hidden web of power, influence, business smarts—and even genius—that makes culture happen. In Hit... Continue Reading →
trends | Dec 16th, 2016

David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog Is One of Michiko Kakutani’s Top Ten Books of 2016 in The New York Times

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michiko Kakutani has named David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog one of her Top Ten Books of 2016, further cementing the book’s place among the hottest business titles of the year. An additional, glowing review, also from Kakutani, calls The Revenge of... Continue Reading →
trends | Oct 31st, 2016

Why Analog (Still) Matters: David Sax on the Enduring Value of Vinyl, Polaroids, Moleskines, & More

Awash in digital technology, we still crave tactile, analog goods and experiences, says author David Sax. His third book (following the food-trend-focused Save the Deli and The Tastemakers) is called The Revenge of Analog, and it chronicles the improbable comeback of real, physical stuff—like vinyl... Continue Reading →
trends | Apr 24th, 2011

Destroying Returns: Retail Speaker Doug Stephens on PR Disasters

For years now, retail speaker Doug Stephens has explored the complex relationship between companies and their customers, and is often asked by the media to weigh in on breaking retail news. This week, the news that Victoria's Secret destroys some of its returned clothing—even when that clothing is... Continue Reading →