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THM 1113 Debate Topic _1 - 21st Century Leisure: Current...

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21st Century Leisure: Current Issues Second Edition Valeria J. Freysinger Miami University of Ohio John R. Kelly University of Illinois Venture Publishing, Inc. • State College, Pennsylvania
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Chapter 1: 21 st Century Leisure 11 Debate: Leisure in the 21st century will be new and different. YES A number of arguments support the idea that leisure will be quite different in the future rather than largely "more of the same." Of course, the question is embedded in a larger question of social change. Leisure produces and reproduces its social and economic contexts. How will the 21st century be really different from the 20th? Will the changes of the past hundred years be only the prelude for even more rapid and drastic change in the future? New technologies: The geography of leisure was radically changed by the automobile and to a lesser extent by commercial airlines. Time use, especially in the home, was transformed by television (see Chapter 16). Is it likely that new electronic developments will bring about the same kind of change in leisure? As home computers be-come more common and the software for communications, information and games proliferates, will leisure styles become more focused on communications? Those now in school will take the computer for granted and erase much of the fear of older generations. Also, in-home electronic entertainment centers will offer an incredible range of entertainment through fiberoptic and satellite technologies. Large-screen, surround sound, digital high-resolution pictures, DVDs, interactive systems with on-demand sports, movies, and other programs on a fee basis, and increasingly diverse offerings on the World Wide Web make the home an all-purpose work, play, and education center. Will such technologies only increase the programmatic offerings to fit into current lifestyles, or will they transform current patterns? And what of other technologies related to travel, communications, and new forms of games and entertainment? Will ordinary television and DVDs look as quaint as Big Band concerts and the Model T in a decade or two? Market expansion: Chapter 23 will suggest how the market sector of the economy is expanding more into leisure. New technological developments expand markets for products, services, and activities themselves. Examine the yellow pages for examples of leisure-based businesses that did not exist a decade ago. Will the expansion increase? Does supply create demand? There is little doubt there are more local leisure-based businesses. At the same time, more destinations are developed that promote themselves as centers of
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12 Part I: Introduction fun. Orlando and Las Vegas compete with domestic and international destinations. On television, from soap operas to sitcoms, life is centered around glamorous travel, eating out at expensive restaurants, and going to a variety of shows. The images of the "good life" are those of leisure that are cost-intensive and promise an enhanced social and sexual status for
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THM 1113 Debate Topic _1 - 21st Century Leisure: Current...

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