Scripted Journeys

Scripted Journeys

Scripted Journeys

Throughout recorded history, until a relatively short time ago, the idea of travel was associated with the adventure of entering unfamiliar or unknown territory, leading to new experiences that could be both amazing and frightening. Today, however, travel takes place in a world that is comprehensively known and mapped. Over a few decades, the expanding middle classes of the Global North have achieved greatly increased access to air and sea travel around the world. The ubiquity of computation in daily life has had a further decisive influence on the imaginative aspects of travel. Online distributed knowledge of the world is now readily available through services such as Google Maps, adventurous travel bloggers and reporters, or users on travel review platforms. From booking and 'reading up, ' to writing down and reminiscing: all stages of one's trip can be guided and augmented by increasingly connective, personalized, and optimized computational systems. It is this late modern infrastructure of tourism, increasingly efficient, calculable, and affordable, that is a cause of concern for the middle classes. In the face of informational abundance, digitally aided tourism is fixated on the access to authenticity. Lodging rental platform Airbnb advertises with the slogan Don't just go there, live there. Professional bloggers and vloggers instruct their audience not just on where, but on how to travel. Review website such as TripAdvisor aggregate millions of personal reviews to offer 'objective', data-driven authentication of places around the globe. And virtual experiences take players to places they could not dream of reaching themselves. The desire for authenticity and self-realization, however, often comes at the expense of ecological and social awareness. As 'tourists' become 'travelers', the world transforms into territory for leisure and materiality for their conspicuous consumption. Based on a comparative digital ethnography of 'platform tourism', which includes media such as blogs and vlogs, review websites, and video game environments, Scripted Journeys presents a critical analysis of digitally aided touristic practice and presentation, in which control and compliance are in constant tension. Conceptually, the book innovatively supplements anthropological work in tourism studies with theoretical and analytical perspectives from new media studies. Methodologically, it offers new pathways for examining online spaces and ways of interacting. Empirically, it discusses a wide range of phenomena--from rigid self-curation practices to gain clicks, to quantifiable evaluations of behavior, to navigation mechanics in digital games. In doing so, Scripted Journeys reveals the many ways in which people express themselves and their trips amidst the tightly circumscribed affordances of the digital.

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Author : Tom Nuenen
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Release : 2021-04
Total Pages : 170 Pages
ISBN : 3110700433


Scripted Journeys

Scripted Journeys

The ubiquity of computation in daily life has had decisive influence on the imaginative aspects of tourism. Online knowledge of the world is readily available through mapping services, social media, travel blogs, and online reviews. From booking and Googling, to posting and reminiscing: all stages of one’s trip can be guided and augmented by increasingly connective, personalized, and optimized algorithmic systems. In the face of this informational abundance, hypermediated tourism is fixated on access to authenticity. Peer to peer accommodation offers tourists a chance to "live like a local." Professional bloggers instruct not just on where, but on how to travel. Review websites aggregate the feedback of millions into "objective," data-driven authentication of destinations. And virtual technologies take users to places they could not dream of reaching physically. Based on a comparative ethnography of touristic blogs and vlogs, review websites, and video game environments, Scripted Journeys presents a critical analysis of touristic practice in digital ecologies. This hypermediated tourism engages technology as a harbinger of self-possession and waywardness, yet produces its own forms of digital dependence. The resulting "scripted journeys" internalize a tension between authenticity as autonomy and control, and the implicit compliance of making use of technological extensions.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Tom Nuenen
Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release : 2021-09-06
Total Pages : 228 Pages
ISBN : 9783110700589


Scripted Journeys

Scripted Journeys

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Author : Tom van Nuenen
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Release : 2016
Total Pages : 215 Pages
ISBN : OCLC:968703435


Scripted Geographies

Scripted Geographies

This study offers the first book-length exploration of travel narratives by nineteenth-century Spanish authors. Focusing on texts produced during a crucial period in the development of Spain's modern consciousness at the close of its imperial age, Scripted Geographies shows how writers' strategies of travel representation reflected and participated in this process of cultural transformation. The first two chapters, devoted to travel within Europe, explore constructions of Spain's sometimes problematic encounter with Western society and traditions. The final chapters shift to orientalist travel, allowing reflection on how Spanish renderings of the non-Western other intersect with patterns found in the better-known corpus of orientalist literature produced in then-ascendant imperial powers like Britain and France. These textual constructions of cultural difference reflect at a profound level their authors' preoccupations and hopes for Spain, as well as their strong awareness of both the powers and dangers inherent in the process of representing real world experience via language. Professor of Spanish at the University of Vermont.

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Genre : History
Author : Gayle R. Nunley
Publisher : Bucknell University Press
Release : 2007
Total Pages : 272 Pages
ISBN : 0838756336


The Celtic Shaman

The Celtic Shaman

Probably the oldest known spiritual discipline, shamanism is the timeless art of living in harmony with creation, providing a universal system to work with today, whatever our religion or spiritual affiliation may be. A reflection of a living tradition with a supremely practical approach to life, it teaches skills for living and ways to utilize latent abilities which we all possess. Celtic Shamanism derives from the native traditions of North-West Europe. The shamanic contribution of the Celts and their predecessors has been overlooked until recently, and is one of the last shamanic traditions to be explored. While it shares common elements with American, Australian and Siberian teachings, it derives entirely from Celtic source material. The Celtic Shaman offers a varied and easily followed plan of self-tuition for anyone interested in Celtic mythology and the Western mysteries.

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Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
Author : John Matthews
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2012-10-31
Total Pages : 224 Pages
ISBN : 9781446458686


No Excuses

No Excuses

Black and Hispanic students are not learning enough in our public schools. Their typically poor performance is the most important source of ongoing racial inequality in America today. Thus, say Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom, the racial gap in school achievement is the nation's most critical civil rights issue and an educational crisis. It's no wonder that "No Child Left Behind," the 2001 revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, made closing the racial gap in education its central goal. An employer hiring the typical black high school graduate or the college that admits the average black student is choosing a youngster who has only an eighth-grade education. In most subjects, the majority of twelfth-grade black students do not have even a "partial mastery" of the skills and knowledge that the authoritative National Assessment of Educational Progress calls "fundamental for proficient work" at their grade. No Excuses marshals facts to examine the depth of the problem, the inadequacy of conventional explanations, and the limited impact of Title I, Head Start, and other familiar reforms. Its message, however, is one of hope: Scattered across the country are excellent schools getting terrific results with high-needs kids. These rare schools share a distinctive vision of what great schooling looks like and are free of many of the constraints that compromise education in traditional public schools. In a society that espouses equal opportunity we still have a racially identifiable group of educational have-nots -- young African Americans and Latinos whose opportunities in life will almost inevitably be limited by their inadequate education. When students leave high school without high school skills, their futures -- and that of the nation -- are in jeopardy. With successful schools already showing the way, no decent society can continue to turn a blind eye to such racial and ethnic inequality.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Stephan Thernstrom
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2009-07-14
Total Pages : 352 Pages
ISBN : 1439127042


Good Faith Hunting

Good Faith Hunting

Church attendance in the United States and other Western nations is rapidly declining, and the losses are not solely because "young people don't like church." Baby boomers are also leaving, frequently because the church leadership assumes a believer's faith and how it plays out is constant over a lifetime. Boomers are a transition generation, undergoing profound faith journeys as they transition through life's phases. Many churches struggle to connect with people on a journey because the corporate, modernist mindset doesn't have room for changes and journey. Good Faith Hunting is a book of hope for church leaders and major influencers who want to celebrate the faith journeys of baby boomers and others through life, allegiance, and experience, as an opportunity to show the love of Christ as they sojourn alongside people in their community.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Henry Stewart
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2012-12-18
Total Pages : 162 Pages
ISBN : 9781621895275


Journeys Of Faith

Journeys Of Faith

It is reported that on average Americans change their religious affiliation at least once during their lives. Today, a number of evangelical Christians are converting to Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism. As such, there is great need for a resource that cogently presents an evangelical response to these competing faith traditions. Evangelical Christians, however, need not only theological answers, but a deeper understanding of the obvious attraction of these varying religious expressions. JoThis ebook download of Journeys of Faith examines the theological migrations among Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Evangelicals, each of which is viewed from various angles. Three prominent evangelical converts to Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism describe their new faith traditions and their spiritual journeys into them. In response, chapters by recognized evangelical scholars offer civil critiques. The book also contains a chapter by a convert to Evangelicalism, followed by an appraisal of the evangelical faith by a Catholic scholar. Each contributor arguing for their new faith tradition will be allowed a brief rejoinder to those writing on the opposing side. There are basically two types of chapters in this book: First, chapters that explain and advocate theological migration from one expression of Christianity to another (e.g., an Evangelical who has converted to Catholicism and makes a case for others to do the same). These chapters focus on such issues as Why did you leave your prior theological tradition? and What is it about your new tradition that makes you feel it better represents Scripture and church history. Second, there are response chapters arguing for the greater theological fidelity of a certain expression of Christianity in light of persons leaving those traditions (e.g., Evangelicals arguing that conversions to Greek Orthodoxy or Catholicism are not moves to greater faithfulness). These chapters will provide a critique of the differing Christian traditions under discussion and address such issues as Why have you remained within your current Christian tradition? and Why beneficial lessons can be learned from the tradition you are critiquing? In all, this book will provide readers with first-hand accounts of why certain individuals have changed their religious affiliation or have remain true to the one they have always known. Pastors, counselors and general readers will gain a wealth of insight into current faith migration with the Church today.

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Genre : Religion
Author :
Publisher : Zondervan
Release : 2012-03-06
Total Pages : 256 Pages
ISBN : 9780310416715


New Journeys Now Begin

New Journeys Now Begin

Formerly Chaplain at the Marie Curie Centre, Edinburgh, Tom writes with sensitivity and clarity about real people, including himself, as they begin to understand their journeys of bereavement. This is a book that speaks profoundly to individuals coping wi

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Genre : Religion
Author : Tom Gordon
Publisher : Wild Goose Publications
Release : 2006-06-30
Total Pages : 199 Pages
ISBN : 9781905010264


Constructing Crisis

Constructing Crisis

Crises aren't real objective events. Instead, Spector demonstrates they are claims of urgency imposed by leaders to assert power and exert control.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Bert Spector
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2019-09-05
Total Pages : 240 Pages
ISBN : 9781108427357