Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quotation of the day for July 6, 2010

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Quotation of the Day for July 6, 2010

"The suburb was of course inconceivable without quick, reliable transportation to work, and the instrument of choice, the incarnation of power, comfort, and freedom all at once, was the automobile. This was the time of the automatic transmission, of power steering, power brakes, and more powerful engines. The long stabbing fins, easily mocked, were only the extreme and outward signs that the car, like a yacht, was meant for cruising. The conspicuous adornment of chrome was a sign that America had metal to waste. And what could be more deluxe than to bring the car under one's own roof, in the two-car garage? Shopping and leisure were retailored for an age of easy access. The shopping center represented the possibility of consumption without limits, the logical extension of the department store. The drive-in theater, a bonus of auto-convenience, created a social space perfectly adapted for the newly mobile."

- Todd Gitlin, in The Sixties: Years Of Hope, Days Of Rage.

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Jun. 25, 2010

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