bobzilla77 wrote:As someone who has toured in rock bands starting in the early 90s, I will say that I find more and more unified kind of consumer culture these days. Some places are more susceptible to it than others but it's all over the place. You can still get the distinct feel & flavor of a place, it just takes a little more openness and awareness.
I think it's a confluence of things that have transformed small town USA: the loss of manufacturing and the rise of agribusiness into a growing service and tech economy. Having a Walmart or Costco in town means jobs where other types of jobs have gone away. And with that, comes the McDonald's etc. Not everyone is trained in tech and can work in a server farm, but anyone can ring up or stock ramen or orange juice.