I somehow missed this article last week. Love it.
@PaulRanson has been making blog posts about a number of things including authenticity.
I’d like to do an immersion course in Spanish. I’m thinking I want “authentic” and “homestay.” But what happens if I get there and I eat something that makes me sick and I have to worry about hogging the bathroom while the family waits. I guess I could go outside and puke my guts out. That’s some authenticity for you.
I love this description of Airbnb and why some residents hate it:
“Airbnb parachuting groups of international tourists into residential communities.” Homeowners often only think of their right to do as they please with their personal property with no care whatever for the needs of the community that make their “personal property” desirable.
This article describes another issue, a kind of privileged elitism as in “an affluent, self-selecting group of people move through spaces…” This isn’t a new issue. Elites always have an outsized influence on the thing called culture. Meanwhile most people on the planet have never heard of Airbnb. I suspect most people traveling haven’t either. I remember decades ago reading about how the TeeVee was going to be the end of regional accents and dialects because everyone was going to want to talk like Walter Cronkite. But here we are, still with regional differences.
Another quote " By late 2012, it settled into the house-porn format it embraces today, with high-resolution, full-bleed images that could have been pulled from the pages of Dwell." Yes, but there are still 1000’s of listings that look just like Grandpa Ken’s or Aunt Dusty’s.
“The Airbnb marketplace is evolving toward its most effective product; it seems that what consumers want more than an exotic experience is something like a Days Inn but more stylish and less obvious — a generic space hidden behind a seemingly unique facade.”
I was just telling @NordlingHouse that I think Airbnb will end up here. Not because it’s cool but because it makes money.
"Airbnb itself had rented Las Cases and Dewé’s space to host a party). The couple sued Airbnb in late 2015. “They are branding their company with our life,”
Ah. the perils of of a life so easily replicated!
“we now have a global grid of 1.6 billion:”
World population is 7.7 billion. I wonder what the international traveling population is? I think it’s well under 10%.
I really enjoyed this read, thanks for sharing.