ON ONE HAND it’s easy to dismiss content like the recent Overrated Destinations piece on Huffington Post, to chalk up the massive sheeple response (nearly 50k likes on FB) to people who find this kind of article witty and accessible. I get it. In the scheme of things it’s no big deal. It’s a pageview-grab for Landsel and HuffPo. It’s a nice usage of “negativity bias,” a classic psychological trick that says people respond more to the negative than the positive.
But I can’t help feeling there’s something pernicious about it all, that it has a shitty effect on the way people travel, on the way they “see” place. Each of the locales the author denigrates has people and culture that have been around a long time before this article came out, and will be there a long time after it’s gone. It’s not all about price and “ease,” as the author might have you believe, but recognizing other people and places for what they are, not just what they “offer.”