No big picture

An absolutely ridiculous story posits that the 1969 launch of Walmart (wow…two stories about them in one day….WTH?) impacts the average American more in 2009 than the 1969 landing on the moon. Of course the story overlooks the myriad technological advances that we now enjoy the benefits of that resulted from drive to land on the moon. Those advances, I’m willing to bet, have more of an impact on our day-to-day lives than the creation of a super store.

Distracted by the circus

Oh to the hell

But while (Sonia Sotomayor’s) confirmation hearings drew plenty of coverage last week, the level of media excitement hardly matched that surrounding Mark Sanford’s Argentine affair, Sarah Palin’s Alaskan exit or Michael Jackson’s untimely departure.

Focus, people. An “informed electorate” does not mean being able to name the doctor that was treating Jackson.

Leverage

If I’m reading this story correctly, Walmart wants consumer packaged goods companies to pay a percentage of the money they make from products sold at Walmart stores back to the retailer, with that money being used by Walmart not to fund in-store promotions but the chain’s general marketing budget. And to help make their case, Walmart is holding coveted shelf-space over the CPG manufacturer’s heads, saying it will be cut for those who don’t agree.

That’s ballsy.

It wouldn’t be the first time Walmart has exercised it’s considerable retail muscle, though. The price of digitally downloading a movie is something you’d expect to be cheaper than buying the physical DVD in much the same way as downloading a music album is cheaper than buying a CD. But Walmart is the biggest DVD seller in the country and pressured the studios to keep prices high enough to not eat into those sales significantly. Despite that, though, digital sales keep growing while DVD sales keep flat-lining or dropping.

Social networks for movie lovers

Mashable has a good list of movie-based social networks and other similar sites, one of which I used to work for.

Lately I’ve been playing around with Flixster, in large part because I just got an iPhone and so downloaded their “Movies” app. But doing so has just caused me problems and frustrations. That’s because none of Flixster’s three main touchpoints talk to each other fully.

Action on the Flixster.com website does not get pushed to the Facebook App.

Action on the Facebook app does not get pushed to the website.

Action on the iPhone app can be published to your Facebook page but not to the app and not to the main website.

So there’s no central way for me to control my Flixster activity and identity unless I want to list a movie three individual times. I might be missing something but it seems like there’s too much fragmentation going on with the service and the lack of integration between the elements is slowing down my enthusiasm for it. If there’s a viable alternative that connects all these dots I’d love to hear about it.