Virtual Insanity?

I saw this image and wanted to reblog it here, referring to Deutsch’s book on supermarkets and shopping. It is a picture of the world’s first virtual supermarket; shoppers can look at virtual images that replicate their expectations of supermarket aisles exactly, but use their smartphones to fill their virtual shopping carts with products, to be delivered conveniently at a time of their choosing. I find supermarkets visually stunning and so this picture caught my eye.

But when I looked for a story to accompany it, I found this video: Tesco video about virtual stores. It is totally worth watching, if you are into dystopian futures run amok or an interesting illustration of “glocalization” (nice portmanteau, dudes). Tesco developed the virtual supermarket to appeal specifically to Korean shoppers, busy Seoul residents who work many hours, and who are utterly at home on their smart phones. The British giant built virtual supermarket aisles in the subway to appeal to customers (truly) on the go. It is instructive to throw corporate intent into the discussion about who has agency, and how much power local consumers have in shaping the choices available to them in creeping global capitalism.

The answer, I think, is that it’s complicated?

I’ve Got Your Wing Bowl Recap Right Here!

For those unaware, or uninitiated, Wing Bowl was this morning right here in Philadelphia.  I can’t bring myself to describe the insanity that is Wing Bowl, but suffice it to say there are competitive eaters, chicken wings, and strippers.  In no particular order, here are some links including an Errol Morris film from the New York Times.

From the Inquirer/Daily News:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/wingbowl/Kobayashi_wins_Wing_Bowl_XX.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/wingbowl/I-could-eat-a-hundred-more.html

From Philly sports website, the700level.com:

http://www.the700level.com/hockey-philadelphia-flyers/news/Kobayashi-Kills-it-at-Wing-Bowl-Eats-Rec?blockID=644288&feedID=8510

http://www.the700level.com/basketball-philadelphia-sixers/news/Kobayashi-Says-He-Could-Have-Eaten-100-M?blockID=644458&feedID=9918

The Errol Morris film:

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2012/02/03/opinion/100000001332130/el-wingador.html