The Big Sort

The Big Sort

Why the Clustering of Like-minded America Is Tearing Us Apart

Book - 2009
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From the Publisher: The untold story of why America is so culturally and politically divided. America may be more diverse than ever coast to coast, but the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with people who live, think, and vote as we do. This social transformation didn't happed by accident. We've built a country where we can all choose the neighborhood-and religion and news show-most compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. And we are living with the consequences of this way-of-life segregation. Our country has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that people don't know and can't understand those who live just a few miles away. The reason for this situation, and the dire implications for our country, is the subject of this groundbreaking work. In 2004, the journalist Bill Bishop, armed with original and startling demographic data, made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves over the past three decades into alarmingly homogeneous communities-not by region or by red state or blue state, but by city and even neighborhood. In The Big Sort, Bishop deepens his analysis in a brilliantly reported book that makes its case from the ground up, starting with stories about how we live today and then drawing on history, economics, and our changing political landscape to create one of the most compelling big-picture accounts of America in recent memory. The Big Sort will draw comparisons to Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone and Richard Florida's The Rise of the Creative Class and will redefine the way Americans think about themselves for decades to come.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Mariner Books, 2009
Edition: First Mariner books edition
ISBN: 9780547237725
Branch Call Number: 305.80097 B5413B 2009
Characteristics: vi, 374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Cushing, Robert G.


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Aug 03, 2017

How wow, dudes! This dude Bishop, a reporter of some sort, has it all figured out!
Finally, dudes ! ! ! Like for sure, but it would have to be this answer, it couldn't possibly have to do with pathetic indoctrinated education, shows like Sesame Street, which evokes gullible brain wave configurations, and financed by Peter G. Peterson, private equity/leveraged buyout dude extraordinaire, responsible for offshoring endless jobs, destroying endless companies and livelihoods, and founding the Peterson Institute, dedicated to offshoring jobs, destruction of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, et cetera! And long-time producer of Sesame Street, Peterson's wife, of course!
Yup, I'm sure it has nothing to do with constant propagandizing by the Fake News Network of foundations, trusts and endless so-called // think tanks \\!
Thanks, Mr. Bishop, and what is your next Big Answer, sir?!?!?


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