Airbnb Broadcasts Ethical Issues for Online Travelers


allirbnb announced the biggest change to the site in 10 years. The online accommodation marketplace has redesigned its site to move away from “old-fashioned” booking practices by encouraging visitors to focus on the type of home they want to stay in rather than their destination. now, home page There are labeled icons connecting barns, mansions, treehouses, domes and even islands. We’ve also introduced “split stays” to make it easier to share time between two places.

I’ve just returned from Italy, where I’m obsessed with Airbnb habits. And we hope this change (Airbnb’s answer to the site’s role in inflating local rents and excessive tourism in certain places) will help in part. . The fact that staying in New York or Paris has in some way contributed to the rent increase for locals has always been a hard pill to swallow. But Airbnb has become very important to the way I and many others travel. Frankly, my fingers are sticking out because I can’t go back to resorts and hotels. There is little time left to compromise my ethics to satisfy my allure of wanting to see what someone else’s home looks like.

the truth of the book

The impact of locks on reading habits in adults seems to be still being perceived.
The impact of locks on reading habits in adults seems to be still being perceived. Photo: Kumar Sriskandan/Alamy

as regular observer Book reviewer, I can read a book in a few days if needed, but I’ve been having a hard time getting started with non-business ones lately. It seems that you can’t really get into the story without being dazzled by memes or jokes in WhatsApp group chats.

Like many people, I also started reading a lot more during the pandemic. A quarter of UK adults maintained the habit of lock-in reading even after restrictions were lifted. According to a new study, but I am not. Struggling to survive in the sea of ​​unread books, I can’t stop buying them. The ratio of books I’m reading to books I’m buying is easily 1:5.

Still, I try not to feel too guilty. I have come to accept that disciplined reading is a seasonal thing. When I was working as a director in a gallery in my early twenties, I drew strength from a ferocious collection of short stories during my shifts. When I started a book club with my friends, feminist writing was my livelihood. I also went months without touching a single book.

I’ve been pouring everything into so much socializing and I’ve been standing out for months on celebrity scandals. I know that the fire within me who wants to end a novel or memoir will return. At the end of the year, all you have to do is sneak a peek at a list of “My Favorite Books I Read in 2022” on social media. What’s the point of reading if you don’t feel better than others?

criminalize fun

One of the Maida Hill domino players, Ernest Theophile, has been brought to court for being too loud.
One of the Maida Hill domino players, Ernest Theophile, has been brought to court for being too loud. PHOTOGRAPH BY David Levene/The Guardian

It was disappointing to read about the West Indies domino player at London’s Maida Hill Market Square, who was summoned to court by Westminster City Council and accused of being too loud. It was heartbreaking to hear the story of 73-year-old Ernest Theophile. guardianHe talks about how important the square is to him, and how he and others threaten to go to jail if he and others “play loudly amplified music, drink, scream and swear”.

It’s hard to see the whole thing as anti-black. (For whatever reason, on Friday, the Central County Court of London ruled that the Commission’s decision was “defective” and “unsupportable.”) In 2015, a group of black women said they were laughing on a Napa Valley Wine Train tour. Remember when you were heard and kicked out. too big? Different environments, same emotions.

Personally, I think these gatherings, the noise and everything is what the community is all about. To criminalize gatherings, laughter and fun is undermining the very culture that makes London London.

Kadish Morris is an observer columnist.

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