(Venice CA) After traveling from Berkeley CA down to Los Angeles, this columnist sent an e-mail out to the posse to let them know that things went as planned. We attempted to use humor to convey the message and wrote: "L. A. is just like Berkeley only bigger with ocean beaches."
Cities in close proximity can have very different personalities. Pasadena and Santa Monica are both in the same county. They both have the same state level politicians. They both are served by the same large members of the media. The locals watch the same local TV channels. The audiences for various radio shows in have fan/listeners in both cities. The Los Angeles Times has a large number of subscribers in both cities. It would be ludicrous to say that Pasadena and Santa Monica are twin cities.
Although the two are only about thirty miles apart, on a sunny summer day there can be a noticeable difference in temperature and that can have a psychological impact. It can be "June Gloom" cloudy along the beach in Santa Monica in early summer while Pasadena may concurrently be sweltering in a hot sunny cloudless day.
The smaller local papers cover different issues.
The two cities each have rival NPR outlets.
Santa Monica College and Pasadena City college are both highly regarded, but some Santa Monica citizens consider UCLA local while in Pasadena, that school is "out on the Westside."
If these two relatively close cities in California can be distinctly different, it doesn't take a sociologist to figure out that Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is quite different from being in the Kings Cross Section of Sydney.
It is extremely convenient for anyone who wishes to manipulate the citizens of a country to use the lowest common denominator factors to influence them.