The New York Times has created 50 maps of the United States that highlight cultural divides based on where different TV shows are popular. The maps show understandable differences in the popularity of shows such as “Duck Dynasty” between urban and rural areas, but also less obvious cultural divisions, such as how “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is substantially more popular in both rural and urban areas on the eastern half of the country than on the western half. The maps of TV preferences reveal three distinct cultural divisions across the United States: cities and their suburbs; rural areas; and an area known as the Black Belt, which spans from the Mississippi River to the East Cost up to Washington, D.C.
Mapping America’s Cultural Divide
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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