Sunday, October 14, 2007

Why I Generally Hate Travel Writing

This review of São Paulo is an example of everything wrong with travel sections: cultural imperialism, the "the world is my playground and I can't be inconvenienced with things like poverty", the "I'm here to see how the rich live" narrative, the "the third world is dirty and ugly" meta-narrative, "other class-cultures are crass to me" (the complaint about graffiti, which, from having seen it personally, is quite well done and artistic), the complete ignoring of social and economic problems while simultaneously trying to find the best "values" has it all. I don't love São Paulo, but this article is just as offensive, ridiculous, ignorant, and neo-colonialist as they come.