Three links to digital media resources
generally under the theme
'authenticity of place and experience'
which may form an adjunct to this thread
of real vs virtual and Adventure in Bun etc
and suggest 'Authenticity' may be a useful theme
for having a dialogue about experience and place
when we look out at the expectations of 'consumers'
(ie us and our clients if we want to earn a living)
The first is an mp3 file
and the web flier says
An Authentic Sense of Place
Authenticity is one of those qualities that is hard to define, but you know it when you see it - or
feel it. We're going to explore its meaning and its application to places this week with James
Gilmore and Scott Russell Sanders.
Jim Gilmore is the man who, with his partner Joe Pine, introduced the idea of The Experience
Economy. Now, Jim believes the next big idea for business is authenticity. And he believes the
same may be true for cities. Jim and Joe run the business consultancy, Strategic Horizons and he is
a Batten Fellow at The Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
From his vantage point as a writer and Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University,
Scott Russell Sanders has challenged the "brand and bland" direction of our communities and
urges us to re-discover what makes each one special. Scott's latest book is A Private History of
Awe, which is a coming-of-age memoir, love story, and spiritual testament.
The second is BBC radio programme called Analysis
looking at similar themes about travel
and the commodification of place
which you can listen to and download the transcript
the final link follows Gilmore and Pines work
and shows a model for forms of experience
as existing along two continuums
absorbsion <> immersion and
passive participation <> active participation