Friday, October 14, 2011

Expensive holidays in other people's misery

This wins some kind of award for tin-eared exploitation: high-priced historicized Bowery tourism offered right upstairs from long-term flophouse tenants who weren't asked if they wanted to become quaint exhibits. Good for the New York Times for disapproving. (Via William Gibson's Twitter feed.)


Dunno if this is the place to add a general impression that, in the mainstream press, we're seeing more empathetic cultural references to poverty as an experience anyone might have, especially Depression humor of the "Come On In Before We Both Starve" variety. Kind of backhandedly encouraging.

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