This American Life in Fayetteville

While skimming the Fayetteville Observer tonight, I learned that representatives from the TV series This American Life will be visiting Fayetteville tomorrow night. According to Paul Woolverton’s Observer article, Haider Hamza, a 22-year old Iraqi living in New York, will visit Fayetteville to learn what “average Americans” think of the war in Iraq. Hamza is traveling around the U.S., but will record segments for the show in only three cities: Fayetteville, Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. It sounds like an interesting project, but I have to admit that I find the implicit assumption that people living in flyover country are “average Americans” incredibly problematic, when in fact, a large percentage of people happen to live in big cities.


  1. Haider Hazma Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Im actually the Iraqi guy who went to Fayetteville. I just wanted to point out that when the article said ‘average Americans’ then it only means not Americans who are politicians, diplomats or decision makers. You can find those in every state of the country which is why im traveling to 30 states in the US…just wanted to make sure it comes out clear…thanks for posting this again though.


  2. Chuck Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    Haider, thanks for leaving a comment. In my previous comment, I probably placed too much emphasis on the three states where you are filming. The article does clearly state that you are visiting thirty states (and I probably should have explained that more clearly), which I think is fantastic. I become cautious when I hear the term “average Americans” being used without a clear definition, in part because it seems like such a loaded term to me. That being said, it sounds like a cool project and I look forward to seeing the final results.

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