As a native urban dweller, I totally get how the country life can get overlooked. Sure, the country folk can be just as oblivious to our ways of life, but it’s not a fair equivalence. We can overlook them without even knowing we’re doing it, but the fly over states have no way to hide from us.
In the American media, big city life is pretty much all that’s depicted. There aren’t news networks and situation comedies and international magazines being beamed in from those fly over states. Everybody in America knows what New York City looks like, but there are small towns across the country that will always remain nameless and faceless to all but the few who live there or pass through them.
So Aldean’s passionate description of Oklahoma, the Badlands, and other places of beauty comes off more as a “we’re special, too” than a “we’re better than you.” Maybe it will motivate some east or west coast folks to take the scenic route instead of a direct flight next time.
Written by Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher
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