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Old 10-17-2015, 06:13 PM
 
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Do you think the Democrat-voting, urban dwellers, especially youth tend to emulate the culture of the Western United States while Republican-voting suburban and rural dwellers view the South as their "spiritual homeland"? The Confederate flag and country music are popular all over rural America to the point some people even emulate the accent, and the culture of the West (Starbucks, the Internet/computers which started in California, gangsta rap, vocal fry) is pretty much the universal culture of American youth who aren't raised in Christian and "country" environments.

The Northeast and Midwest seem like they're becoming less influential, even though their supposed decline is vastly overrated outside of a few places like Buffalo and Detroit. They seemed more influential on pop culture before the 90s, with heartland rock, the transatlantic accent, diners and such. It seems like the West Coast and Colorado are associated with the "new", and the South with the "good old days" among conservatives, but the Northeast and Midwest are seen as being culturally obsolete.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:49 PM
 
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You're wrong about the Northeast; it's still the standard-bearer for all things urban by far.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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You're wrong about the Northeast; it's still the standard-bearer for all things urban by far.
Yeah. While we're talking about blatant stereotypes, basically everyone in the Northeast thinks of Cali as (barring San Francisco) essentially endless suburban sprawl, with nary a "real city" in sight.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Katy,Texas
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To the Op, I do not agree that the west equals democrats/liberals because the west besides the state of California is very rural-red and even in Cali it is rural usually equals red, while many states in the NE have rural blue counties, making it seem that your truly in a blue state and not a blue f it where in the Boston area most likely it wold be a democratic county.city etc. for example Orange county, California is considered red, but In Boston are Orange County would most likely be blue.
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:20 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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The Northeast and Midwest seem like they're becoming less influential, even though their supposed decline is vastly overrated outside of a few places like Buffalo and Detroit. They seemed more influential on pop culture before the 90s, with heartland rock, the transatlantic accent, diners and such. It seems like the West Coast and Colorado are associated with the "new", and the South with the "good old days" among conservatives, but the Northeast and Midwest are seen as being culturally obsolete.
Has it occurred this perception might be because you live in the West?
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've never met any Republican outside of the south who felt they had any connection with the south. It's just another area of the country... As far as California/the west being the epicenter of democratic culture, absolutely not. The northeast collectively feels it's the center of the universe.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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This is....dumb.

The south has liberals too. I live in arguably the most liberal town in the south and one of the most liberal in the country; it still culturally is "the south". Definitely not influenced by the west coast in any way. And I doubt conservative areas like Idaho or Wyoming out west feel like they are influenced by Georgia, NC, SC, Alabama etc.

Also saying the northeast and midwest are becoming culturally obsolete is probably one of the most out of touch with reality mindsets I've read on this webiste...and that's saying a lot.

If anything....the western US outside of Silicon Valley seems to be culturally obsolete to me. "Hollywood" is largely being ditched for on-site filming in areas around the US that are not only cheaper but also more "realistic" to the rest of the country (trying to film tv or movies and make the vegetation and geography of southern California feel like "anytown USA" is probably pretty futile).

I'm sure LA, SF, Portland, Seattle or Denver might seem "default" metropolitan area culture to people west of the Rockies....but the majority of Americans live not only far east of the Rockies...but east of the Mississippi river.
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