In response partly to a question by Dean MacCannell (The Tourist) at my talk in the UC Berkeley Anthropology department on Friday, I've been developing my slides (particularly slide 12) re questions about the "symbolic" and theory in Tourism Studies ...
ACTUAL-VIRTUAL HARBIN HOT SPRINGS AND TOURISM:
"Naked Harbin Ethnography"
In this talk I present an ethnographic interpretation of my new book "Naked Harbin Ethnography: Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality and Virtual Harbin," chapter by chapter, as tourism to both actual and virtual Harbin Hot Springs - in terms of contemporary theories in tourism studies (http://bit.ly/HarbinBook & https://twitter.com/HarbinBook).
Scott MacLeod, Founder, World University and School
Friday, May 5, 5:00pm, Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall, University of California, Berkeley
“Actual” and “Virtual” in terms of place
Ethno-Wiki-Virtual-World-Graphy - E-W-V-W-G - can refer too to:
- Marking sites, or places, or marking them up with a markup language
- See, too: “Gazing at the Box: Tourism in the Context of the Internet and Globalization” (MacLeod 2001)
- Tourism as traveling: For example, click on this link and “walk” 4 miles into Middletown, CA, from the Harbin Gatehouse: http://tinyurl.com/p62rpcg
- Symbolically (re Lacan’s 3 registers, too: real, imaginary and symbolic, and per N.H.E.): Ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy - E-W-V-W-G - is a virtual, symbolic, digital practice, whereas place and people (e.g. a field site) are the actual, real or physical
- Actual > virtual ex.: field site > “Naked Harbin Ethnography” book (incl. EWVWG) as symbolic/theory
- Virtual > actual ex.: Virtual Harbin Hot Springs in Google Streetview > 3D printed physical model of Harbin Hot Springs with avatar bots
- Values in Internetity / Information Age / EWVWG re tourism studies are informed by Manuel Castells’ analyses of values/hacking (Castells 2001 http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Castells/castells-con4.html ; Himanen 2001 https://archive.org/details/TheHackerEthicAndTheSpiritOfTheInformationAge)
Dean MacCannell in "The Tourist" which I just found online:
“In the establishment of modern society, the individual act of sightseeing is probably less important than the ceremonial ratification of authentic attractions as objects of ultimate value, a ratification at once caused by and resulting in a gathering of tourists around an attraction and measurable to a certain degree by the time and distance the tourists travel to reach it. The actual act of communion between the tourist and attraction is less important than the image or the idea of society than that the collective act generates. The image of the Statue of Liberty or the Liberty Bell that is the product of visits to them is more enduring than any specific visit, although, of course, the visit is indispensable to the image. A specific act of sightseeing is, in itself, weightless and, at the same time, the ultimate reason for the orderly representation of the social structure of modern society in the system of attractions.”
–Dean MacCannell, The Tourist (1976)
Professor Dean MacCannell's web page at UC Davis:
See, too -
The Ethics of Sightseeing (2011)
Tourism Studies -