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Rebooted Comic Heroine Is An Elegant, Believable ‘Marvel’ – NPR

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Consider the ways you could misstep in updating a classic comic-book superhero. Now imagine that your protagonist is A) female, B) 16, C) a Pakistani-American and, oh yeah, D) Muslim. Could there be a tougher assignment? If you avoid gross errors in depicting halal meat or headscarves, you might lurch in the other direction and fail to endow the heroine with any meaningful cultural signifiers at all. And then there’s…

Barbie’s Smile Fails to Mask Sagging Results at Mattel – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Ebola nurse Pham in ‘fair condition’ at DC-area hospital – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nina Pham is now beginning Ebola treatment in Maryland. She was transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian for fear the virus has overwhelmed the hospital. Another one of the hospital’s employees has been isolated on a cruise. VPC In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Oct….

Barbie Stumbles Badly, And Mattel’s Sales Fall – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Rebooted Comic Heroine Is An Elegant, Believable ‘Marvel’ – NPR

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Consider the ways you could misstep in updating a classic comic-book superhero. Now imagine that your protagonist is A) female, B) 16, C) a Pakistani-American and, oh yeah, D) Muslim. Could there be a tougher assignment? If you avoid gross errors in depicting halal meat or headscarves, you might lurch in the other direction and fail to endow the heroine with any meaningful cultural signifiers at all. And then there’s…

Barbie’s Smile Fails to Mask Sagging Results at Mattel – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Ebola nurse Pham in ‘fair condition’ at DC-area hospital – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nina Pham is now beginning Ebola treatment in Maryland. She was transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian for fear the virus has overwhelmed the hospital. Another one of the hospital’s employees has been isolated on a cruise. VPC In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Oct….

Rebooted Comic Heroine Is An Elegant, Believable ‘Marvel’ – NPR

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Consider the ways you could misstep in updating a classic comic-book superhero. Now imagine that your protagonist is A) female, B) 16, C) a Pakistani-American and, oh yeah, D) Muslim. Could there be a tougher assignment? If you avoid gross errors in depicting halal meat or headscarves, you might lurch in the other direction and fail to endow the heroine with any meaningful cultural signifiers at all. And then there’s…

Barbie’s Smile Fails to Mask Sagging Results at Mattel – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Ebola nurse Pham in ‘fair condition’ at DC-area hospital – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Nina Pham is now beginning Ebola treatment in Maryland. She was transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian for fear the virus has overwhelmed the hospital. Another one of the hospital’s employees has been isolated on a cruise. VPC In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Oct….

Barbie’s Smile Fails to Mask Sagging Results at Mattel – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Very Brave: Ebola-Infected Nurse Nina Pham in Fair Condition – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Nina Pham, the Ebola-infected nurse flown from a Dallas hospital to a National Institutes of Health isolation unit, is doing well, sitting up and eating, doctors said Friday. Pham, 26, is one of two health-care workers infected while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital on Oct. 8….

Greenpeace, Lego and Shell – The Economist (blog)

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

A FEW weeks ago I was talking with an advertising professional who had been discussing potential campaigns with Greenpeace, the environmental group. We both admitted that these days, our reactions to people scaling buildings and unveiling banners range from apathy to mild annoyance. Those tactics seem to belong to another era, before the mass institutionalisation of flash-mobs; they lack the hook needed to achieve virality. Over the past few months,…

Barbie’s Smile Fails to Mask Sagging Results at Mattel – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Barbie Stumbles Badly, And Mattel’s Sales Fall – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Barbie’s Smile Fails to Mask Sagging Results at Mattel – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Barbie Stumbles Badly, And Mattel’s Sales Fall – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbie is in a slump so bad that she’s getting pushed around by no-name newcomers. Funville Sparkle Girlz, a brand only sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has taken about a quarter of the 16-feet Mattel Inc.’s Barbie used to command at some of the retailer’s stores, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson. Barbie has also had to cede about four-feet on Target’s shelves to Whimsy & Wonder, which…

Barbie sales are nose-diving, and that’s just one of Mattel’s problems – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014

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Barbie sales are nose-diving, and that’s just one of Mattel’s problems – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Shazam! Rebooted Comic Heroine Is A ‘Marvel’ – NPR

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Consider the ways you could misstep in updating a classic comic-book superhero. Now imagine that your protagonist is A) female, B) 16, C) a Pakistani-American and, oh yeah, D) Muslim. Could there be a tougher assignment? If you avoid gross errors in depicting halal meat or headscarves, you might lurch in the other direction and fail to endow the heroine with any meaningful cultural signifiers at all. And then there’s…