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Marketing, advertising & media intelligence
TRA brand strategist Tim Gregory goes back to McDonald's early days to see how its golden arches became a cultural symbol, and why there's a fundamental category-culture disconnect between the values and worldview of a significant and growing segment of Western society and the everyday business the fast food giant.