Monday, September 20, 2010
Africa: Land of Lions on vacation
(Course, as a kid I always liked Africa best because of the animals. My first word associations for the ride itself are the laughing hyenas and drum-playing rhino.)
So here's the challenge. If you had all the exhibit space of Europe, what would you include for Africa? Demonstrate the diversity of people and land, the beauty, the cultural richness, anything you want to celebrate in Africa. And how do you demonstrate and teach to a predominantly ignorant Western audience the differences between varying nationalities or ethnic groups in Africa the way European stereotypes are lovingly portrayed?
Would it really do a better job depicting the underlying message to just show exhibit after exhibit of kids in t-shirts and jeans, undifferentiated by stereotyped garb almost no one wears anymore? Or touring different metropolitan areas? It's a Small Western World either way.