While traveling earlier this week, I was thinking about how easy it is to research almost any aspect of an experience and get an online, nearly real-time appraisal of the restaurant, hotel, shuttle service, store or tourist attraction you're dealing with. Sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor take a lot of mystery out of life (which could be a bad thing) and put a lot of control in the hands of average consumers (which could be a good thing).
They also give us a distorted and overly positive set of predictions about the life that awaits us out there in the real world. We'll talk about that today on The Nose, but first we'll talk about gated communities, one of the symbols of the divisive Trayvon Martin case and maybe a symbol of the walls we all seem to want between ourselves and other subcultures.
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