Via Scoop.it – Cultural Geography
“Nearly 200 years after his death, Napoleon Bonaparte is finally getting the greatest honor our age can bestow: his own theme park. Napoleonland — stop laughing — was concocted by a former French minister to rival Disneyland in its immersive fun and totemic cultural status. Shopping! Dining! Re-enactments of the Battle of Austerlitz! Not a bad rehabilitation for an all-conquering megalomaniacal exiled emperor.”
Culture and heritage are packaged in places such as theme parks as a commodity–what should we make of these spaces? What do they say about the society that creates them? What are the economic, cultural and political motives for creating such as space?