Nation of Beancounters

A puzzle for post-modern cultural theorists

Posted in Culture by Navin Kumar on January 17, 2013

Why don’t real life New York Chinese restaurants look like the ones you see in movies?

This is a Hollywood Chinese restaurant:

Hollywood Restaurant

This is a real Chinese restaurant:

Real Restaurant

Why isn’t life imitating art? Why isn’t the portrayal of restaurants in movies affecting the construction of restaurants in real life? Is it that these effects are stochastic, and might or might not happen? Or is there some threshold of over the top restaurant portrayal that must occur before these effects start becoming obvious? Please drop your answers in the comments.

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