Friday, August 17, 2007

I'm a Travellin' Man, Make a Lot of Stops, All Over the World

70% of America has lost it's aesthetic value. In riding through the states, its as if you're still at home. Best Buy, Circuit City, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Cracker Barrel, Chili's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target, Holiday Inn, Best Western, and the list goes on and on -- these places have a dominant presence in American society. It has it's ups and downs, just like this book 'Good Capital Bad Capitalism' on my Amazon wish-list.

These are the medium to large places, these places consume the roadways and hearts and minds of the average traveller. Why? Because of ease of accessibility, and the lack of spontaneous behavior in the hearts and minds of people on the road. Few people these days want to just roll up into a place and say, look at that hotel, it looks cool and it costs a bit more, lets stay there. Instead it's expedia and predictability. I'm not knocking it, I do it all the time, but sometimes I wish I didn't have that option.

Europe, old stuff everywhere, and with old stuff comes old ways, at least for now. That's what I kinda like about that side of the pond, you're forced to improvise (except with the expedia factor again.) However, left to your own devices and no Internet, its fun, exciting and spontaneous.

With the advent of the big box / big commercial institutions, it's interesting to see what will balance that out and what conventional culture will become. What is the long tail of culture going to bring us, and how long do we have to wait for it?

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