Monday, August 6, 2007


On August 4th, two days after the tragic interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis, President Bush was on hand to take a 10-minute tour of the wreckage. He brought prayers from the American people. I came to the realization that a new form of tourism has been born.

Borrowing from Ecotourism, let me tell you about Disatourism:

Disastourism: "Responsible travel to disaster areas that does little to improve the welfare of local people."

Principles of disastourism:

  • photo opportunity that capitalizes on media coverage

  • take nothing (but pictures), leave nothing (but prayers)

  • build disaster awareness

  • raise sensitivity to affected regions

  • provide positive experiences for party loyalists

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