Those people…

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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  1. Drizz says:

    Used to be that person, but after seeing you guys enjoy winter for what it is changed my mind. Sled on.

  2. Mike says:

    City Mouse, Country Mouse is as old as civilization. I grew up in a tiny farm town in rural Nebraska. I sneered at “city folk” who didn’t understand working cattle, fixing fence, and driving a tractor. But I am the guy who didn’t figure out the “big city” street numbering system until law school, and I still have never taken a subway.

    That being said, I’m not sure it’s really a lack of empathy behind this phenomenon. More it’s a cultural/tribal smugness. We “get” that Southerners are unable to cope with snow. We would feel badly if people were actually hurt by it. But if it’s just videos of people struggling to deal with what is barely an inconvenience to us, then it’s just a bit of amusement at the expense of those poor folks (who will certainly laugh at us in turn).

    Put it another way, people here in Iowa are alarmed and empathetic by real tragedy–Hurricane Katrina, California mudslides, Missouri tornadoes, East Coast school shootings, Middle Eastern massacres. I don’t think it’s fair to conflate those kinds of events with some good-natured ribbing arising from trivial “fish out of water” differences.

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