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The World in a Selfie – An Inquiry into the Tourist Age
- Author: Marco d’Eramo
For those of us who love to travel into the unknown, tourism is a given. Stopped in 2020 by a pandemic virus, Marco d’Eramo frames the impacts and “critiques the cultural politics of a tourist age that came shuddering to a halt. Tourism is the largest and heaviest industry of the century, generating huge amounts of infrastructure and repurposing our cities. It also encapsulates the problem of modernity: the search for authenticity in a world of ersatz pleasures.”
As he traces the tours of famous globetrotters Francis Bacon, Samuel Johnson, Arthur de Gobineau, and Mark Twain, the beach holiday and UNESCO’s tourists’ spots, d’Eramo delineates where we are currently headed with tourism.
A fascinating journalistic approach to one the biggest influences on our economy and imaginations, The World in a Selfie spellbinds. A wonderful read for travelers and nontravelers in the new world of pandemics.
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