Over at the The New Republic Spanish novelist Javier Marias delivers a a short rant on the phenomenon of vulgar tourism.
Needless to say, these tourists are not interested in seeing anything; they are merely concerned with taking stupid photos on their stupid cell phones just so they can come out with the most stupid phrase of our times: "I've been there." The only possible response to such a statement is: "So? So what if you've been there? It is of no consequence whatsoever. Nowadays, even the most idiotic person can go anywhere. Traveling to `must-see' places vulgarizes, rather than enhances, a person's character."As expected the article attracts lots of irate commenters at the bottom.