Epic Fails: The Edsel, the Mullet, and Other Icons of Unpopular Culture
Salvador Jimenez Murguia (Author)
Many of the most successful innovations-from the light bulb to the Internet-have often resulted from ingenuity, ambition, and dedication. Such achievements have changed lives for the better. Yet for every new development that the public embraces, there is a dark side of progress: cultural byproducts that litter the road to obscurity. Just because something is a failure, however, doesn't necessarily mean that it shouldn't matter. In Epic Fails: The Edsel, the Mullet, and Other Icons of Unpopular Culture, Salvador Jimenez Murguia examines some of the most iconic missteps of the past several decades. In order to shed light on the inherent, often comic strain in American life between fame and infamy, the author surveys some of the best-or rather, worst-of what man has to offer. From fashion flops like the mullet and Zubaz pants to marketing mistakes like Bud Dry, New Coke, and Crystal Pepsi, this text captures the unintentionally entertaining milieu of failure. Placing these gaffes in cultural context, Murguia considers how each of these products crashed and burned, while trying to arrive at an answer to the ultimate question: "What were they thinking?" Whether these attempts were doomed from the start, failed because of consumer indifference, or were simply the victims of poor timing, this book returns them, however briefly, to the spotlight. A fascinating look at man-made disasters, Epic Fails is an entertaining treatise about the forgotten-and infamous-endeavors of American creativity, or lack thereof. Illustrations, unspecified; Halftones, Black & White including Black & White Photographs
About the Author
Salvador Jimenez Murguia is professor of sociology at Akita International University. He is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films (2016) and The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films (2018) and the coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films (2018), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.
- Contributor: Salvador Jimenez Murguia
- Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield
- ISBN13: 9781538103715
- Number of Pages: 184
- Packaged Dimensions: 157x237x18mm
- Packaged Weight: 426
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
- Release Date: 2018-09-15
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Salvador Jimenez Murguia is professor of sociology at Akita International University. He is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films (2016) and The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films (2018) and the coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films (2018), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.