States of Confusion: Why Americans Don't Understand Each Other


How much do we really know about the rest of the country? More than half of Americans have been to 10 states or fewer. In reality, we may not understand each other or our country as well as we think. Our new video explains... Can you say something meaningful about Idaho without mentioning potatoes? Could you muster up a sentence about Iowa without referencing corn? How Americans see each other is often more caricature than reality. Part of the reason: our understanding of the rest of the country is often shaped more by media than by real-life experience. And that comes with negative consequences. Research shows that it’s increasingly leading us to misunderstand each other. And, in a country full of red states and blue states, those cultural judgments often bleed into political ones.

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