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."
"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."
"A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks."
"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."
"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."
"As I write at the end, if we step back and face the enormity of the torrent, then we have taken the first step to imagining what we might want to do about it."
"Collectively, we are in thrall to media - because they deliver to us many of the psychic goods we crave, and we know no other way to live."
"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."
"I am concerned about how to reverse the process by which a fundamentalist right and a corporate elite were able to seize power in the United States."
"I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society."
"I have no action plan, and as a writer I don't want to get hung up on the advantages and disadvantages of particular strategies."
"It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives."
"Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives."
"Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history."
"My book is focused on the power of the American state, not least because the government of the United States governs so much that the case could be made that everybody around the world ought to have a vote in determining some of its policies."
"My business is the analytical framework."
"Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent."
"So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids."



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