Leave it to The Onion to cleverly throw dirt on the grave of a business model that is past its prime. Click here and be ready to laugh out loud.
The sad news is that Blockbuster is a brand that could have owned the movie at home market if they had thought about what their customers wanted instead of thinking they were in the business of renting movies to go. Their customers want at home entertainment and they want it as convenient as possible on their terms, not on Blockbuster's terms.
Reminds me of the analogy that our founder at Barkley told many times to demonstrate that a company needs to think about its business through the eyes of its customers and act accordingly. The analogy - a person wants to buy a drill because they need to drill a hole, not because they want to own a drill.
Like I said, leave it to The Onion to put another nail in the Blockbuster coffin.
Since we have already had most of this year to vet the candidates running to become the next President of the United States, maybe we should just go ahead and have the election now and be done with it. Of course, that would require us to actually be ready to put one of the vast herd of senators, governors, former governors, former mayors and at least one actor and a former first lady into the White House. And that is not something we seem ready to do yet. Good thing we have another year. I'm sure another year of canned sound bites and made for TV debates will clear everything up.
Think I'm sounding a bit cynical? Guess I have to plead a little guilty. But I wonder if we are all going to experience presidential election burnout because we do have almost a full year left before we cast votes. Makes me wonder how far off base the story in Thursday's The Onion might be.......