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Celebration, U.S.A: Living in Disney's Brave New Town (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 2000

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Smithsonian Inst Pr (September 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0805055614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805055610
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,1 x 21,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (15 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 611.408 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The authors report engagingly and objectively on what they saw and heard at Celebration...a highly valuable case study on one of the most important movements in community building in decades. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Insightful and thought-provoking.... Offers good humor, excellent research, compelling anecdotes. (BookPage)

[An] eminently readable account. (USA Today)

A prize winning reporter describes life in Disney's vision of the future in a book that is 'admirably candid and readable'. (Los Angeles Times)

Synopsis

A chronicle of the town that Disney built by a former New York Times reporter offers surprising insights into Disney's attempt to create an ideal, and decidedly retro, vision of living in America. 30,000 first printing. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Our big yellow Ryder truck rumbled and squeaked down the ramp off Interstate 4 twenty miles southwest of Orlando and onto U.S. Highway 192, perhaps the ugliest and most garish stretch of blacktop in America. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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Von Ein Kunde am 19. September 1999
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins had all the opportunities when they researched Celebration, U.S.A. They bought a house in the town, sent their kids to school, made friends, joined the social circle, even interviewed a few people here and there. You'd think this would make an exceptional book - well researched, deeply felt, rigorously documented. It doesn't. Instead, their book is disjointed, incomplete, and on every page gives the sensation of writers trying to cover for scanty research.
Several of the town's most important early struggles, like the school and its curriculum, or the poor home construction, are discussed in depth. However, the authors fail to provide context and completion for each issue. They never, for example, note the outcome of the battle that could be described as parents v. school, although the outcome certainly occured while they were residents in town. Nor do they discuss in any real detail the local and regional political climate that had such an effect on the school. This sort of thing turns their book into a series of stories with no beginnings and no endings.
They also completely missed many quieter, but just as crucial, events and movements in the town. They failed, for example, to document the Montessori School at all - not its beginnings, which were precedent-setting in Celebration, not its future, nothing. Frantz and Collins failed, too, to reach citizens of Celebration who *weren't* like themselves. There is little dicussion of the single parents, the renters, the gays, the elderly, or the (admittedly limited) ethnic minorities. These omissions create an incredible bias in their book.
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Von Ein Kunde am 25. November 1999
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In Celebration, U.S.A. Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins have provided us with a solid background of information on planned communities in the United States, with accounts of interviews conducted with the planners and builders of Celebration, with an overview of the lengthy and complicated transactions between Disney and Florida officials, and with a lively and humorous account of their life in Disney's brave new town. On every page their desire to give the town a fair shake, to be unbiased in their observations, to be wholehearted in their participation, shines through.
Celebration has received its share of criticism, based it seems on an anti-Disney bias that does not allow for a fair analysis of the town, its successes or its shortcomings. On the other hand, it is too bad that those who moved to Celebration anticipating a magical solution to familial woes were doomed to come to terms with the reality that is Celebration, and with the fact that pixie dust alone has no curative power over long-standing problems.
We have shared the concerns of the authors with the problems at the school, their irritation with shoddy building practices, their delight at the freedom and safety their children experienced in the town, and their pleasure when, at the end of their time there, they knew that what they would miss most is "Celebration's genuine friendliness, a place infused with the sense that everyone there shared the dream of finding a better place to live and, as we had seen finally, a willingness to work to make the dream come true".
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Von Ein Kunde am 4. November 1999
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Based on excerpts from the book that dealt with Celeration School, it is apparent that the school should be shut down immediately. How dare they expect the children to learn self discipline or use integrated subject learning. We all know that teacher lecturing, student note taking, and regurgitation of information is the only real way to learn. As a teacher it has been my experience that if a child can be inspired to be an active learner the "basics," like math and punctuation, will follow. However, what would I know. Howard Gardner, who has done extensive research in the field of education and learning has apparently been wasting his time. He should have simply consulted these two writers who are infinitely more qualified. Hopefully, the authors will choke on every nickle they make from this book. It is more than apparent that they moved into the community for the sole purpose of gathering dirt to put in a book in order to put money in their pockets. If they wanted to make money off Disney why didn't they save themselves the trouble of moving and just do what others have done, sue Disney because they found some subliminal message in one of their movies?
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I decided to place myself on location for this reading. I spent a delightful 12 mornings, sipping au laits at Barnies, rocking by the lake and watching Celebrationites start their day, as I delved into this book. Like all good authors should,Doug and Cathy had done their homework. I could imagine it would be a difficult task to uncover as much of the dirt as they did. The Disney Corp. obviously went to extraordinary lengths to keep bad news under wraps and as new homeowners of rather expensive dreams, I could understand hesitation and guarded friendliness among the residents of this village. At the end ,I was left with the uncertainty of their purpose. Was it to gather the info, write the book and leave town. Or was this family drawn to the dream of this new social experience with a strong desire to contribute to its evolution, at least with more perserverence than the 18 months or so. I was surprised to find out that they had moved out of Celebration before the book was released. Given their "tell all" details of some of the more intimate goings-on at neighbors houses, perhaps fear of an old fashion lynching of yesteryear was adequate motivation to say adios.
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