A few weeks ago, I was rushing to buy my fiance's goddaughter a gift before school began at 8AM.
There was nothing open at 7AM. No clothing stores. No book stores. Not even the 99 cents store. No Target so that I properly give hackers more information about myself.
The only thing open that early was the 24-hour Wal-Mart in Lakewood. I wasn't sure what to get her goddaughter but my default is usually books; they are usually flexible and practical.
When I made my way to the book section, buried deep in the corner of the store, near their electronics, I found their one row section populated by the intellectual giants of our time:
Bill O'Reilly. Glenn Beck. A LOT of Duck Dynasty.
Incidentally, you can see in the photos that they do have an autobiography of JFK and Mandela, influential, but both are dead and neither are current.
I had to wonder, is Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Duck Dynasty what actually sells at that particular Wal-Mart or was this a deliberate decision made by some middling manager, or even higher up the chain?
It makes me wonder who (besides a procrastinating, desperate Christmas Shopper who actually doesn't like Wal-Mart) shops there for books?
Counting just the teen/adult books, they had a general books section for adults, one for Latinos, and an African-American literature section. I don't remember seeing anything about any talking head there, though maybe "it's not what sells."
By the way, this is also my first post under the Tag "Informationscape" where I will post some bits and pieces of "information" posted in public spheres that may play a role in influencing everyday beliefs. Basically, I'm interested in what's in on the libraries, our TV and radio stations, etc.