‘We Have Reached a Gilded, Rococo Age of Service Journalism’

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  07.25.08 | 12:30 PM ET

imageJason Wilson has a fine essay about the trouble with travel and “lifestyle” journalism in The Smart Set.

“[W]e have reached a gilded, Rococo age of service journalism,” he writes. “The sheer volume of helpful-tip-giving that exists in the world of publishing constantly amazes me. Nowhere is this more evident than in the magazines and newspaper travel sections that I read through every year. Pack light! Use Ziploc bags! Wear a money belt!”

Wilson covers a lot of ground in the piece, including the challenges of writing about Iceland, which, in fact, he has done for World Hum. He’s the series editor of The Best American Travel Writing.

Related on World Hum:
* Q&A with Jason Wilson: One Traveler, Three Dishes Named’ Jason’

Photo by Payton Chung via Flickr, (Creative Commons).

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