Parody Tourism Videos Tell Serious Truths About Cities

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Parody Tourism Videos Tell Serious Truths About Cities Parody Tourism Videos Tell Serious Truths About Cities
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Parody Tourism Videos Tell Serious Truths About Cities

by Alissa Walker

January 5, 2011

While it may seem like these are just silly tongue-in-cheek jabs at cities, these videos actually offer some pretty specific criticism, and working within the frame of parody allows them to be even more honest. The Canoga Park pieces, for example, opine about the prevalence of strip club billboards and the absence of bike parking, against seemingly endless footage of people pushing shopping carts through the city. I would like to see more of these videos, actually, because if a city's residents spend the time to observe their city enough to make a "hastily-made" tourism video, it means they're actually thinking about what's wrong with their community. Now let's hope their mayors are watching.

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