Friday, November 7, 2008

The socio-political landscapes of America

Fascinating read over at BLDGBLOG. Why are one demographics deemed more important politcally than others? Organization, of course, plays a huge role in this. But lets relax our narrowed view of Obama and McCain's political race, filled with photo ops and interviews staged in Old America, those almost-forgotten small rural towns and landscapes rapidly fading into a distant memory and increasingly losing relevance in our post-industrial, information-age globalized economy.

They find small towns that, by definition, are under-populated and thus unrepresentative of the United States as a whole; they find "old-fashioned" restaurants that seem on the verge of closing for lack of interested customers; they tour "Main Streets" that lost their inhabitants and their businesses long ago.
All along they pretend that these landscapes are politically relevant.

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