Is Mickey Mouse Over As A Cultural Icon?

What’s happened to Mickey Mouse? Once one of America’s most-loved cultural icons, the Mouse doesn’t cut it in today’s culture. “Boring,” “embalmed,” “neglected,” “irrelevant,” “deracinated” and, perhaps most damning, “over” are some of the adjectives that cropped up in recent interviews with people in the cartoon, movie and marketing businesses. And strangely for such a well-known figure, Mickey doesn’t even have a back story: no clearly defined relations, no hometown, no goals, no weaknesses.”