The Blight of the Suburbs – Living in the Bunker

This is hilarious to me. It’s total feedback loop fodder. But I really think it’s worth everyone’s read. It’s my thesis on the suburbs in editorial format.

…the product is the same: self-contained, conservative and overzealous in its demands for “safety.” Gated communities churn a vicious cycle by attracting like-minded residents who seek shelter from outsiders and whose physical seclusion then worsens paranoid groupthink against outsiders.

Here’s the undeniable grenade of the Feedback Loop*:

Residents’ palpable satisfaction with their communities’ virtue and their evident readiness to trumpet alarm at any given “threat” create a peculiar atmosphere — an unholy alliance of smugness and insecurity.

*You may have noticed this is now a new category. I’ve been referencing too much material that’s pure feedback loop – or, to put it another way, intellectually high-fiving yourself. Hugging your brain with familiar arguments that bolster a prejudice of ideas because it just feels so great.



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