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Monday, Dec 19, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
by Scott Timberg
Salon (18 December 2011)

“The clerk has been killed by the economy, Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. Computers might want your creative job next…. He may not look much like Justin Timberlake, but Jeff Miller is something of a Hollywood player. Or, rather, he was — until he got a call on Labor Day from his employers, the owners of the best and most important movie rental store in the orbit of Hollywood. For a decade the bearded, teddy-bear-like Miller helped run Rocket Video, a place frequented by directors, actors and aspirants, and staffed by obsessive savants. But thanks to Netflix, streaming video and the damage done to the store’s rental revenue, it was all over for this onetime destination – in a hurry.”


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