Monday, April 09, 2007
Julie Neidlinger has a good analysis of the follies that blue-staters commit when they become sociological tourists out here in the hinterlands.
I've had misgivings about this sort of thing ever since David Brooks wrote his famous piece in The Atlantic. The "reporters" approach us as The Other. They spend only a little time here so their reporting is superficial and they never get beyond the shallow prejudices they brought with them.
In short, they do to their fellow citizens what Edward Said accused Western scholars of doing to Islamic cultures in Orientalism.
The funny thing is, i bet many of the editors who publish this kind of story accept Said's analysis.
In the MSM, this creates all sort of double standards. They will defend the right of Muslim women to wear a veil, but they are suspicious of Christian churches where the women always wear dresses. The Muslim woman chooses her veil, but the Christian woman is forbidden to wear pants.
A mass shooting by a Muslim immigrant is instantly portrayed as the isolated act of a disturbed individual. In no way can Muslim culture be blamed. On the other hand, it is perfectly acceptable to opine about the "gun culture" of a rural area where a white, non-Muslim shoots down innocent people.