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Rebecca Richardson October 9, 2010 Cultural Soc 330 Section 1 Homework #4 Romantic vs. Collective Gaze The romantic tourist gaze is the “ability to view the natural world in all its undisturbed, pristine glory” (pg 199). The traveler is usually alone and the experience is seen as slightly spiritual and personal. The romantic gaze is displayed in landscape paintings where the viewer only sees Mother Nature in her purest form, void of any man-made constructions or pollutions. Hikers, mountain bikers, and landscape photographers are examples of people who to attempt to enjoy the romantic tourist gaze through actively taking park in nature. I think that the romantic gaze is somewhat nonexistent in modern society. We hate to do any activity by ourselves. One must drive a short distance to reach a portion of nature that has no human constructions. Modern society is obsessed with the idea of efficiency. An individual who has a multitude of responsibilities and obligations is viewed as a successful and admirable member of society. Growing up in western Oregon I was taught to appreciate the romantic tourist gaze because of all
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