Todd Gitlin Quotes

34 Todd Gitlin quotes:

"Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions."
"American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions."
"Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history."
"The only people available to change the world are the people now living in it, with all the beliefs they bring along - however retrograde those beliefs may appear to those of us who see ourselves as enlightened."
"There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life."
"We are in the midst of a tremendous global revolution, ... and the consequences are on a scale that are hitherto unprecedented."
"I think there's a desire for results, a hard-bitten realism. The primary goal is not some sort of symbolic display, or some sort of posture or attitude, but results. If that's what it means, then I applaud the turn to practicality. Today the far right is in charge, and I don't think you can create the possibility of broad-based radicalism until you defeat the far right. Put the center in power and then you have the possibility--or the luxury--of radicalism."
Author: Gitlin Quotes Category: Desire Quotes
"Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent."
"Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience."
"The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period."
"Today's global justice movement may be the biggest, most diverse and energetic in history."
"Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given."
"The manufacture of desire isn't at the heart - if it isn't absurd to speak of a heart - of the media torrent. Chronic dissatisfaction is at the heart of the matter."
"I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society."
"It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives."
"Some fine day, Democrats may figure out how to get on the right side of the value divide - how to define America as a place of the common good and not a playground of the strong."
"I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible."
"Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives."
"Again, the only trends that interest the corporate boys and girls are demographic and businesslike. I doubt the think tank reports interest them much."
"All I will say is that there are particular features of the American constitutional system that renders a third party futile - at best."

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