Singapore and Disneyland


I'm in Anaheim this week, so it's only fitting to have some posts on Disneyland. Today: William Gibson's Disneyland with the Death Penalty on the Singapore of 1993 (and perhaps the Singapore of now, but I haven't been recently enough).

Singapore is a relentlessly G-rated experience, micromanaged by a state that has the look and feel of a very large corporation.

And also:

[Y]ou come to suspect that the reason you see so few actual police is that people here all have, to quote William Burroughs, "the policeman inside."

Pairs well with David Foster Wallace's wonderful essay on the existential horror of living on a cruise ship.