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Chapter 4: Elaborations of Tourism
Elaborations of Tourism
Residents of the first world live in time, space does not matter for them, since spanning every distance is instantaneous.
‘If we can control the environment completely, location won't matter any more,’ argues Halperin. ‘Some people will, perhaps want the real thing in terms of travel. But I'm not sure I know why; once you can interface with someone as if you're having a conversation in the same room, or once you can explore a place as if you're there. What's the difference?’
‘Air travel has lost its glamour,’ observes Professor Ffowcs Williams of Cambridge. ‘There are few exotic places any more – cheap travel is ruining all that – and ...