That’s probably what the editor of the Australian newspaper, The Age‘s travel section told Carolyn Webb to do when she wrote her destination piece on Bali three days ago. As the title of her article, Bali: Why Bother? suggests, she wasn’t impressed, and she diligently wrote why.
She probably didn’t realise what a whirlwind she was unleashing. The counter says that the comments thread was closed to further comments at 1001!
Dip anywhere into the thread and you find the full range of reactions, from cheering supportive to dismayed, angry, and downright rabid.
Why such a storm? Well it’s the race issue. Most see it as a nasty piece of naive racism, while others welcome what they see as a rare breath of fresh air and honesty in a branch of journalism that is normally knee-deep in gushing advertorial.
Helen Razor, in her review of the furore, A Travel Snapshot We Deserve, on ABC’s The Drum‘s blog, comes to the uncomfortable conclusion that readers need to be more discerning…
“I encourage no-one to excuse this work. I would, however, suggest packing a more critical lens when reading of cut-price luxe in developing nations. If we don’t change our focus, we’ll continue to get the travel snapshots we deserve.
Where do you stand?
- 13 December, 2011 @ 8:12 [Current Revision] by Alastair McKenzie
- 28 October, 2011 @ 16:15 by John O'Nolan