The Leisure Empire

American entertainment has gone global and is changing both those who consume it and those who create it

Just outside Tokyo 300,000 people troop through Japan's Disneyland each week, while 20 miles outside Paris a new city is rising on 8 sq. mi. of formerly vacant land. Once Euro Disney Resort opens for business in 1992, forget the Eiffel Tower, the Swiss Alps and the Sistine Chapel: it is expected to be the biggest tourist attraction in all of Europe. In Brazil as many as 70% of the songs played on the radio each night are in English. In Bombay's thriving theater district, Neil Simon's plays are among the most popular. Last spring a half-dozen American authors were on...

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