Quaco wrote:Davey the Fat Boy wrote:Quaco wrote:Even things like: How many foreign countries have you been to, especially ones that speak a different language? Have you ever stayed in one for over a month? Do you know about the political situation in different countries? These can do a lot to expand one's vision. Someone who is an Evangelical Christian who lives in a small town is likely to be more isolated both socially and culturally.
That’s what is so crazy about the whole presumption behind this. It holds that the narrow definition of “American culture” is outside of the bubble and the rest of the world is inside. So if you eat anywhere outside of Applebee’s and TGI Fridays, you are somehow adrift.
Up is down. Backwards is forwards.
There is something to the idea of going with the masses of people, that a very popular place or belief represents in some way what the country is doing. But there is another way of looking at culture, that is, that culture is the highest expression of a people, the best of what it offers to the rest of the world, not just what the most people do.
But it isn’t even the masses. Take the last election...Clinton actually got more votes, then the urban majority was told by the rural minority that urban centers are bubbles and rural areas are “authentic”.