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Old 01-05-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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I was in SC last week and heard plently of southern accents and the area was still mostly rural.

I've been to Atlanta and it really feels like you are driving through woods in some areas.

Some southerners still raise the confederate flag ( mostly in SC), eat traditional southern foods which are yummy btw , have accents, are mainly church going, etc.

So why do some people think the culture is dying? It's still alive and well in my experiences!
I can't wait to go to Mississippi this spring!
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Fort Myers-Naples-Marco Island, FL
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Well in NJ I have known people that fly the confederate flags, only listen to country music, work on their trucks, go hunting, and fishing and other things that are considered "southern" so one could argue southern culture has also spread to new places.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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I was in SC last week and heard plently of southern accents and the area was still mostly rural.

I've been to Atlanta and it really feels like you are driving through woods in some areas.

Some southerners still raise the confederate flag ( mostly in SC), eat traditional southern foods which are yummy btw , have accents, are mainly church going, etc.

So why do some people think the culture is dying? It's still alive and well in my experiences!
I can't wait to go to Mississippi this spring!
I think the reason is because of the transplants coming in, mostly to places like Virginia, Texas, the Carolinas, Georgia and even Alabama. And many of them bring a northeastern mentality which does not jive well with the south's, causing tension.

Example: "I just told them how to improve their state and their too chattery with me and I think it's annoying, where's that 'southern hospitality' I here about? They are way too friendly to be real I want to go back north everything here sucks!"

And from there you get all the north vs south threads here on CD.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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American culture is becoming very homogenized. It started when WTCG in Atlanta went National back in the early days of Cable. WTCG became TBS which begat CNN and other cable nes shows.

MTV gentrified regional music into a national Scene.

Mobility allowed people to stray from the towns they grew up in.

We now have wiggers in the Cornbelt and cowboys in NYC. in 20 more years we will probably all have more in common than we have in differences
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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When a culture becomes more diluted with an influx of new residents, it changes into something different that includes the best/most important aspects of that culture. I don't think southern culture is dying so much as it's evolving...as is every other culture in the world. Nothing stays the same for very long.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I like the South the way it was!
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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I like the South the way it was!
Well...whether you consider it good or bad, things simply can't stay the same. We move forward, and so does our way of life.

I'm curious - the way it was 20 years ago, 50 years ago, 70 years ago, 100 years ago, or 150 years ago? "The way it was" is a very vague statement, especially in a discussion on the subject of culture.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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A high school in Mississippi recently had their first integrated school prom.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:16 AM
 
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To you those cities might seem Southern, but to a lot of rural Southerners, the cities are hardly Southern. Most people consider Memphis to be a very Southern city, but all of my friends from small towns in TN say that Memphis is the least Southern place in TN. I really don't feel like Memphis is that Southern either. It's all relative.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:29 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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To you those cities might seem Southern, but to a lot of rural Southerners, the cities are hardly Southern. Most people consider Memphis to be a very Southern city, but all of my friends from small towns in TN say that Memphis is the least Southern place in TN. I really don't feel like Memphis is that Southern either. It's all relative.
I guess those are the sorts of folks who rarely see any sizable city in the South as Southern, since Memphis has got to be one of the most culturally Southern cities for its size. Personally, I don't see how Memphis could be mistaken for anything other than a Southern city.
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