Think back to the car rides of your youth and you’ll likely hear the refrain “This is my side, that’s your side. Don’t cross the line or I’ll tell dad.” This stay-on-your-own-side mentality has crept into the ways that we adults organize ourselves socially, economically, politically…and geographically. Bill Bishop has something to say about it. In his book, The Big Sort, Bill goes beyond the simplistic red state/blue state divide to examine the way Americans have sorted themselves into like-minded communities over the last three decades. He delves into the causes and consequences of this behavior. Bill is an accomplished journalist who has written for The Mountain Eagle, Lexington Herald-Leader and American-Statesman in addition to owning and operating The Bastrop County Times and co-editing The Daily Yonder.
- Speaker PopTech 2008