Seven Wonders of the Shrinking Planet
Speaker's Corner: Jim Benning and Michael Yessis unveil World Hum's seven wonders: places, things and people that embody ways the planet is shrinking and cultures are colliding
07.06.07 | 12:04 PM ET
The world has seven new wonders, to be added to the seven old wonders and, naturally, to the seven wonders of Canada. All this talk of wonders got us thinking about the planet’s wonders from a World Hum perspective: places, things and people that embody intriguing ways the globe is shrinking and cultures are evolving and colliding. In short, it prompted us to put together our own list of wonders that are not timeless but entirely of our time, a list of the seven wonders of the shrinking planet.
In his 2001 novel Up in the Air, Walter Kirn describes “Airworld” as a “nation within a nation, with its own language, architecture, mood and even its own currency.” It’s an apt introduction to a Jet Age phenomenon familiar to anyone who has ever set foot in an airport: the vast, fluorescent territory beyond the security checkpoint, a place of crowded airport bars and moving walkways and hard seats, as well as a psychic landscape. It’s the place where nobody lives—well, almost nobody—yet it’s a limbo that, every once in a while, we all call home.
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* Adventures in ‘Airworld’
* ‘Airworld’: As Seen Via Cellphone Video
* Greg Lindsay on In-Flight Magazines and ‘Airworld’