Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

It’s telling that everything Rabin sees fit to mourn in the loss of Blockbuster existed in spite of rather than because of the structure imposed by front office dictum–it’s a bit like celebrating the International-style architecture of La Defense for creating the groundswell of humanity in Tati’s Playtime. Though I haven’t set foot in a Blockbuster in ages, apparently the once-mighty chain gave off a somewhat touching air in its years of ailing and frailty. “As corporations struggle and fail,” Rabin continues, “the seemingly impregnable armor of power and money they sported at their height begins to crumble, and they begin to seem more human.” Along with politicians, old buildings and prostitutes, it seems that toxic corporations get respectable with age.
— Nick Pinkerton, Bombast

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