Friday, January 27, 2006

Bernard-Henri Lévy's American Vertigo

Bernard-Henri Lévy's was just on Charlie Rose. He echoes a great number of the views we have expressed here. His analysis of the painful effects of capitalistically driven social-homogenization was particularly trenchant. He talked about how the Mall of America was designed as a building where you could spend your entire life. It is supposed to be one building where you could get your first baby photos, celebrate your 16th birthday, marry, die and be processed for planting. Oddly enough, he finds that disturbing.

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Blogger pawlr said...

Malls, what can you say?

The promise of a totalitarian consumer experience that offers infinite choice, but enclosed in a labyrinth designed to sap your focus and stifle any need for participation in a public experience. When the Pyramid Mall was erected on the outskirts of my hometown in the mid-70s, I remember what happened to the open air downtown businesses as the anchor stores all withered and abandoned their leases. It continues to be an ongoing counter effort on the part of the city to lure people back the public square, one that has only partially succeeded.

The worst thing about malls for me, and the reason I hate to go there now is the aquarium feeling of floating around in a submerged environment of fake castles.. people are like goldfish, mouths relentelessly opening and closing, constantly darting this way and that, looking to fill their own maws with whatever catches their attention.

Still there were cute girls there so I would go to scope them out. And arcade games. And record stores. So I was a fish too... its feedin' time...

Saturday, January 28, 2006 7:17:00 AM  

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