The Cosmopolitan Divide, part 5

When it comes to awareness of patterns, some are instantly visible (boy, all these guys who work in tech startups sure do wear plaid shirts, beards, and thick-rimmed eyeglasses). Some can only be seen with scads of data (police behaviors towards black people in small towns is seen to be systemic when comparing all small towns). Some can only be seen through the lens of hindsight (we are able to say what things are “90s stuff” only now that the decade is over; or that teen sex comedies have made a general switch since the 80s from jokes about having sex with a friend’s sister to having sex with a friend’s mother).

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