The American Dream: Riding Social Media Out of Kingsport, Tennessee

David Hinckley
Aug 21, 2019 · 5 min read

Ever since the Lord invented small towns, some percentage of young folks born in those towns have had a hankering to get out.

That was one of the poignant subtexts of Marlon Brando’s classic 1953 film The Wild One. It was a major point of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 classic song “Thunder Road” (“It’s a town fulla losers / I’m pulling outta here to win”).

Austyn Tester, 2019.