I feel that I must tread on dangerous ground here. It is hard not to feel that much has been lost of the culture under the influence of modernization. I found it impossible not to look back on PW as a much more appealing time. Yet I'm aware that I'm at risk of falling into romanticized Orientalism. Of course I wish that Egyptians be able to waste hours playing games on their iPhones and Facebooking like the rest of the world. And of course the culture in PW is hypocritical, misogynistic, and oppressive in many ways. But I cannot escape the feeling of decline. Perhaps I'm just a Romantic.