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Under a fake Italian sky...

It's like something out of a William Gibson novel. Three resort hotels all designed to look like a different part of Italy. The Venetian, Venice. Caesar's Palace, Rome. The Bellagio, Lake Como.

Enter their shopping malls, and it's into a maze of fake streets and tromp l'oeil skies. Lights take you through a day in an hour, projecting moons and stars on the infinite blue ceilings.

Inside the Forum at Caesar's Palace a projected moon looks down...

A fake sky and a fake Trevi Fountain. No fake coins to throw in, though...

Bell towers over canals in a plastic Venice.

"Just one fake gondola, in a fake Italy!" (out of tune, out of O Sole Mio)


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Mar. 15th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Tacky raised to the level of sublime; the Great Cities of the World Theme Park, sans rats, sans poverty, sans character, sanitized for your protection. Faux Europe for those who don't want to vacation where the natives don't speak English.
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:48 am (UTC)
precisely - utterly vile. *Nothing* would induce me to go to Vegas.
Mar. 16th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
Only in America! God Bless You!
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
... and in almost every sense, loathing.
Mar. 16th, 2004 03:28 am (UTC)
Who needs to leave America!

Still time for the "Star Trek Experience" Simon.
Mar. 16th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
What seems sad is that our society is so rich now that the wonders of only a few hundred years ago can be replicated so easily to garnish tacky gambling hotels. I know its only mockup, and with little more permanence than movie sets, but even so it degrades the originals when these pastiches are produced.
Mar. 23rd, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
Umberto Eco has a lot to say about this sort of stuff in Travels in Hyperreality
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