Sunday, 7 October 2012

Stereotypes by state.

This map shows the mass stereotyping of each state in America. When one thinks of a certain state in America, they are often drawn to a certain image of a typical inhabitant of that state. For example, when I think of a Texas-born individual  I initially assume  he is deeply religious and either houses or carries a gun on his person.  The same can be said about the state of California, where everyone assumes that each individual is an aspiring actor/actress or model. Although these stereotypes come to mind easily when thinking of a certain state, they are often widely inaccurate and incorrect. This map indicates the first thought that would fall into someone’s head after hearing a states's name. While many people would find these labels offensive, I believe that most of them are probably true reflections of peoples’ thoughts and what many people from different areas think.

The map is oversimplified and paints certain states in a bad light, even if they are the phrases that spring to mind when thinking of each of the states.

Stereotype (def.): A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing... in this case, country/area.

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