The End of the Mall Rat: A Video Tribute

A montage from NowThis News celebrates that pillar of teen culture: the shopping mall. 

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With the decline of brick-and-mortar retail, it's time to remember the pop culture heyday of the shopping mall. NowThis News, the social and mobile video news network, highlights those iconic mall moments from Hollywood movies in the video above: Clueless, Superbad, and of course, Mallrats

The trend is serious too, however. "Circuit City is dead; Best Buy is dying. Borders is gone; Barnes & Noble is shuttering storefronts. Kmart has closed 40 percent of its stores in the past decade," Derek Thompson writes in "Death of the Salesmen: Technology's Threat to Retail Jobs:" 

Twenty years ago, the shoppers went to the stores. Today, the stores go to the shoppers. From the floor salespeople replaced by informative Web sites to the cashiers nudged aside by automatic checkout machines, the daily tasks once performed by store employees are either being taken over by machines or outsourced to customers.

Read more in this month's issue of The Atlantic

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