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The canonical symbol of the palm tree with its associations of the beach, escape, and luxury has become synonymous with a utopian image of Southern California, Las Vegas, Israel, and elsewhere. The palm is a symbol that appears everywhere—from travel sites, taxi cabs, and hand sanitizer bottles to salt packets—to the point that it has lost its original meaning and has come to signify instead the vacant idea of beachside utopia. This is a sort of a facade overtop reality, laced with fantasies of leisure and glamour, which is repeatedly applied to each of these sites ad absurdum until it creates a sense of hollowness, not elsewhere but nowhere.
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