A term created by sex columnist and liberal Dan Savage in the wake
of the 2004 Presidential Election to describe the concentration of the political left in the United
States near major cities and college towns in terms of islands of diversity
in a sea of conformity. The implication is that
the islands have their own interests
to and should disregard
It is thought that
this exists because rural communities tend to be more isolated
from other cultures
than urban communities, and because people
tend to leave the rural world for an education in urban areas and not go back.
article can be read at www.urbanarchipelago.com.