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6No!!! It's still quite a common initial misunderstanding on encountering the term 'dark tourism' for the first time, especially in the media, who routinely go into moral-panic mode as if by reflex (see other sources, esp. the iDTR's media website or for a concrete example under Black Taxi Tours, Belfast). They automatically seem to assume it's all about doom and gloom and blood and gore. But that's a misconception. In reality, most of dark tourism isn't morally suspicious in any way. Just look at how the places in question are treated here on these pages. I trust anyone can see that it's all done with due respect and not in an exploitative manner. Also, most dark tourists behave in a respectful and thoughtful manner when visiting such "difficult" sites as former concentration camps. It cannot be ruled out that some visitors will leave something to be desired in this respect (and I occasionally criticize this severely – see e.g. Sachsenhausen, Choeung Ek, or Stutthof), but for the vast majority of visitors it can definitely not be assumed that they go to such places out of any plain voyeuristic motives. Dark tourism is mostly a type of educational travel, often as history tourism, only that the history in question is recent (sometimes even current). See also the separate entries for ethical issues and beyond dark tourism proper. Check out this page too, which offers a more elaborate response to the common "moral panic" accusations of dark tourism being something bad ... I repeat: it is not!
6No!!! It's still quite a common initial misunderstanding on encountering the term 'dark tourism' for the first time, especially in the media, who routinely go into moral-panic mode as if by reflex (see other sources, esp. the iDTR's media website or for a concrete example under Black Taxi Tours, Belfast). They automatically seem to assume it's all about doom and gloom and blood and gore. But that's a misconception. In reality, most of dark tourism isn't morally suspicious in any way. Just look at how the places in question are treated here on these pages. I trust anyone can see that it's all done with due respect and not in an exploitative manner. Also, most dark tourists behave in a respectful and thoughtful manner when visiting such "difficult" sites as former concentration camps. It cannot be ruled out that some visitors will leave something to be desired in this respect (and I occasionally criticize this severely – see e.g. Sachsenhausen, Choeung Ek, or Stutthof), but for the vast majority of visitors it can definitely not be assumed that they go to such places out of any plain voyeuristic motives. Dark tourism is mostly a type of educational travel, often as history tourism, only that the history in question is recent (sometimes even current). See also the separate entries for ethical issues and beyond dark tourism proper. Check out this page too, which offers a more elaborate response to the common "moral panic" accusations of dark tourism being something bad ... I repeat: it is not!
6No!!! It's still quite a common initial misunderstanding on encountering the term 'dark tourism' for the first time, especially in the media, who routinely go into moral-panic mode as if by reflex (see other sources, esp. the iDTR's media website or for a concrete example under Black Taxi Tours, Belfast). They automatically seem to assume it's all about doom and gloom and blood and gore. But that's a misconception. In reality, most of dark tourism isn't morally suspicious in any way. Just look at how the places in question are treated here on these pages. I trust anyone can see that it's all done with due respect and not in an exploitative manner. Also, most dark tourists behave in a respectful and thoughtful manner when visiting such "difficult" sites as former concentration camps. It cannot be ruled out that some visitors will leave something to be desired in this respect (and I occasionally criticize this severely – see e.g. Sachsenhausen, Choeung Ek, or Stutthof), but for the vast majority of visitors it can definitely not be assumed that they go to such places out of any plain voyeuristic motives. Dark tourism is mostly a type of educational travel, often as history tourism, only that the history in question is recent (sometimes even current). See also the separate entries for ethical issues and beyond dark tourism proper. Check out this page too, which offers a more elaborate response to the common "moral panic" accusations of dark tourism being something bad ... I repeat: it is not!
6No!!! It's still quite a common initial misunderstanding on encountering the term 'dark tourism' for the first time, especially in the media, who routinely go into moral-panic mode as if by reflex (see other sources, esp. the iDTR's media website or for a concrete example under Black Taxi Tours, Belfast). They automatically seem to assume it's all about doom and gloom and blood and gore. But that's a misconception. In reality, most of dark tourism isn't morally suspicious in any way. Just look at how the places in question are treated here on these pages. I trust anyone can see that it's all done with due respect and not in an exploitative manner. Also, most dark tourists behave in a respectful and thoughtful manner when visiting such "difficult" sites as former concentration camps. It cannot be ruled out that some visitors will leave something to be desired in this respect (and I occasionally criticize this severely – see e.g. Sachsenhausen, Choeung Ek, or Stutthof), but for the vast majority of visitors it can definitely not be assumed that they go to such places out of any plain voyeuristic motives. Dark tourism is mostly a type of educational travel, often as history tourism, only that the history in question is recent (sometimes even current). See also the separate entries for ethical issues and beyond dark tourism proper. Check out this page too, which offers a more elaborate response to the common "moral panic" accusations of dark tourism being something bad ... I repeat: it is not!

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