Sunday, May 09, 2010

As the New York Times focuses on...

...the culture of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times focuses on the never-ending quest to keep New York free from terror attacks.

I think what these stories -- appearing on the same day -- tell us a great deal about what residents of those cities think of each other, and to some extent about our national consciousness as well: New York is viewed as serious (and even more so after the terrible events of Sept. 11), while Los Angeles is viewed as hip and cool.

So, are the newspapers guilty of stereotyping? Perhaps. But if you've lived in either city (or both), you will agree there is a healthy degree of truth associated with the newspapers' attitudes.

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