As themed places
increase in number, we must describe them more carefully so we can appreciate and evaluate them. Disneyland
is not the whole story. Better terminology will let us see that theming is not some alien perversion
, but one modulation of the conditions that make an area into a place.
It would help to begin by making some distinctions, rather than lumping all themed places together. For instance, we could distinguish a theme park
that contains only staff and customers, from a themed place
that has residents or users for whom its theme forms a background to other activities than showing or consuming the theme. Manhattan's Battery Park City themes the New York of the 1920s, but people live and do other work there; they don't just consume the theme. Then we could distinguish many different kinds and degrees
of theming, and the number of themes
in a place.
- [Nearby: Themed places outline -- Themed places show themselves as other -- The notion of representation ]