BLDGBLOG: Minor Landscapes and the Geography of American Political Campaigns

“Press This”/Block Quotes are a kind of blogging cop out, but I’m busy with work stuffs right now. Laura K forwarded this to me last night, it is well worth the read.

I simply want to point out that political campaigning in the United States seems almost deliberately to take place in a landscape that no longer has genuine relevance to the majority of U.S. citizens.

The idea that “an old-fashioned soda shop” might give someone access to the mind of the United States seems so absurd as to be almost impossible to ridicule thoroughly.

BLDGBLOG: Minor Landscapes and the Geography of American Political Campaigns

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One thought on “BLDGBLOG: Minor Landscapes and the Geography of American Political Campaigns

  1. As a geographer and social scientist I believe that the true urban inhabitant has no concept of what main street America is all about. There is a large difference in the demographics of Broadway and Maple Lane in the suburbs, although we group them together in the census as an “urban metro”. Unfortunately the big media “talking heads” are living and working in these urban centers, and taking surveys in the urban centers, and telling us the pulse of America is in the urban centers. This election may prove them wrong and demonstrate that the vast majority have been overlooked when predicting the outcome of this election. I know that the average WASP (white Anglo-Saxon protestant) has not received much attention in the press, but they are still the majority in this country. A really good predictor would look real hard at who’s being asked the question before publishing the answer as fact. I predict that the surveys and the media have it ALL wrong.

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