Virtual Viewpoints: Multivocality in the Marketed Past?

  • Neil Asher Silberman

You don’t have to read Neil Postman’s scathing jeremiad Amusing Ourselves to Death (1986) to know that we live in an age of flashing, shallow, and ideologicallyloaded TV images. As the virtual pieces of a fluid, postmodern mosaic, they embody and articulate a breathless public narrative of change, conquest, and consumption that often controls and reinforces – rather than passively reflects – the shape of contemporary society. And you don’t have to open Dean MacCannell’s The Tourist (1976), or such later studies as those of Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (1998) or Young and Riley (2002), among many other works, to understand that the emotional appeal of theme parks, studio tours, and heritage visits is based on a search by work-weary vacationers for “authentic experience.”


Cultural Heritage Heritage Site Historical Site Theme Park Virtual Viewpoint 
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  • Neil Asher Silberman
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  1. 1.Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage PresentationBelgium

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