Stephen Bloom's Atlantic article: The fallout
Published: December 16 2011 | 12:01 am - Updated: 24 October 2013 | 11:17 am
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Greetings from the land of the waste-oids and the hopeless, futureless elderly, where dates attend tractor pulls, men don't leave home without penknives and you never enter a home through the front door. Those descriptions appear in an article by University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen G. Bloom on The Atlantic website, "Observations from 20 Years of Iowa Life."
The article triggered an old-fashioned Iowa thunderstorm of online outrage after it appeared late last week. Here's a summary of the news about the article's publication, as well as a sampling of reactions. Share your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this page, or tell us where you've found an interesting take on the Bloom article.
- Jan. 4: Guest column by Peter Feldstein, co-author of "Oxford Project," who now wishes Bloom's name was not on his book. "Iowans are generous, strong"
- Jan. 3: Bloom defends his Atlantic article in interview on 'Rock Center'
- Jan. 2: Submitted opinion piece by Michael Bugeja, director of the journalism school at Iowa State University: ISU journalism school chief: Bloom damaged state of media in essay
- Dec. 20: Guest column by University of Iowa journalism and mass communication associate professors Stephen Berry, Frank Durham and Meenakshi Gigi Durham and professor Judy Polumbaum: Defining good journalism: A response to Stephen Bloom
- Dec. 19: Parody Twitter account: @StephenBloomIA
- Dec. 18: Guest columnist Molly Altofer essay: It’s Bloom’s failure to fully understand Iowans that’s truly sad
- Dec. 16: Iowa City holiday cabaret organizers remind Bloom that Iowa is not 'culturally-challenged'
- Dec. 16: Columbia Journalism Review piece by Kirsten Scharnberg Hampton: The Atlantic Gets Iowa Wrong
- Dec. 16: The Atlantic article by Lynda Waddington, former editor of The Iowa Independent: The Iowa I Know: A State That Welcomes Outsiders, If You Let It
- Dec. 16: Mason 'offended' by Bloom's portrayal of Iowa
- Dec. 16: Daily Iowan: UI has no specific social media policy, despite Bloom backlash
- Dec. 15 blog post from Gazette editor Lyle Muller: The most important news in Iowa appears to be: An essay that makes people mad
- Dec. 15 Gazette editorial: No expert guide to Iowa
- Dec. 15 Reuters article: Iowans outraged over article critical of rural state
- Dec. 15 blog post from UI doctoral candidate Robert Gutsche Jr.: Maybe we got the Bloom thing wrong
- Dec. 15 SteveIowa.com blog post: Tenure
- Dec. 15 Orlan Love column: Bloom's Iowa is terra incognita to hunters, anglers
- Dec. 15: B.A. Morelli at Huff Post Politics: As Caucus Day Approaches, a Debate Over Us Iowa Hicks
- Dec. 14 Raygun blog post: Iowa: Get skuzzy or die tryin'!
- Dec. 14 SteveIowa.com blog post: When stereotypes let you down
- Dec. 14 blog post by Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta: Iowans respond to Stephen Bloom
- Here's The Gazette's Easter Sunday front page in 1994 (plus others)
- Dec. 14: UI officials: Bloom doesn't speak for the university
- Email exchange from Dec. 14 with Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic
- Dec. 14: Gawker: Iowan Simpletons Successfully Trolled
- Dec. 13: Jennifer Hemmingsen column: Bloom on Iowa: Piled higher and deeper
- Dec. 13: Todd Dorman column: Derision blooms in 'insular' Iowa
- Dec. 13: John Deeth, Iowa City area blogger: Bloomsday in Iowa
- Dec. 13: Iowa professor blasts state as ‘politically schizophrenic,’ ‘culturally challenged'
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