American Vignettes (I): Totalitarian Undercurrents

“Yet, the world around you is being made more uniform. The neighbourhood bars, the little storefronts and the local factories you remember from childhood trips through Chicago are slowly being replaced with identical corporate units. Manhattan makes you uncomfortable with its cleanliness, its order, as if the madness of those streets promised in the pages of Kerouac and scenes of Scorsese is now tended like a garden in a California theme park.”

I know the point of this blog was something much more important, but this paragraph really stuck out to me while I am visiting suburban North Carolina, and was just thinking how much the metropolitan New York City looks like it. For a long time we seemed to be able to resist it. Not anymore. The corporate least common denominator is winning.

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