Periodically I’ve looked around the Web for thoughtful articles about West Virginia and Appalachia. From experience I’ve learned to expect some insights along with the usual stereotypes. This batch is no different. Perhaps it’s the times, the people they’ve talked to, or maybe it’s just a reflection of the pre-conceived attitudes of the . . .
Excerpts from three recent essays on the Appalachian stereotype
"Why Media Must Stop Misrepresenting Appalachia"
by Ivy Brashear in the Huffington Post:
“Elegy” has no class, no heart, and no warmth. It’s a poorly written appropriation of Appalachian stereotypes that presents us as a people who aren’t worthy of anything but derision and pity, and who cannot be helped because we refuse to help . . .
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Positive coverage of Wheeling from Reuters
Earlier this week the international news agency Reuters featured Wheeling in an article about the growing acceptance of LGBT rights:
In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights
As the article explains:
Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Wheeling is . . .
I've linked to Daily Yonder previously (most notably here). The site looks at rural and small-town America in a refreshing (non-stereotypical) way. It recently carried an interesting article on a national news network's attempt to get help from an Appalachian non-profit for a pre-election story on Appalachia. Aaron Phelps explains:
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