Theme Parks

A desperate cry for help. Theme parks dress up unhealthy escapsim as adventure, and nostalgia as historical interest. Aside from the much-ballyhooed commodification of culture, the proliferation of theme parks speaks to a deeper malaise. Disney World has become our Holy Land. Like pilgrims to Mecca, we the devout make our way to the theme parks, looking for...what, exactly? The transcendental, unself-conscious family experience we see on television?

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