What Is America?
Slosser, Bob, The Saturday Evening Post
What is America?
Do you ever get the feeling that the experts concerned with keeping us informed don't really know the answer to that question?
As I travel around the country, I seem to be discovering lots of people who don't fit into the image of America offered by the major media in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The contrast is so great that I find myself increasingly convinced this nation is not what we've been told it is in the past 20 years. The people in Bangor, Maine, or Roswell, New Mexico, or Fletcher, Oklahoma, just don't think the way they're being portrayed.
The discrepancy is probably caused by ignorance, not outright deceit. Authors, TV writers, news people, educators--they for the most part seem unable to grasp the truth of what America is. Their perceptions are skewed; they deal in caricatures. It's quite likely that some, even when they do glimpse the difference, get caught up in a defense of their own preconceptions. To do otherwise …
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Publication information: Article title: What Is America?. Contributors: Slosser, Bob - Author. Magazine title: The Saturday Evening Post. Volume: 257. Publication date: October 1985. Page number: 36+. © Benjamin Franklin Literary and Medical Society Jan/Feb 2007. COPYRIGHT 1985 Gale Group.
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