American Sociologist Quotes


218 American Sociologist quotes:



"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."
"So every day I'm mindful as I watch the Bush crowd extend their sway into policies of every imaginable variety, and over almost every square foot of earth, that the control of the American state is a matter of urgency."
"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."
"Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't."
"Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience."
"The fancy term for what America has squandered in the past year and a half or so is legitimacy."
"The genius of the economic machine is in its ability to convert these indulgences into profitability. It converts desire into attention, a grip on our eyeballs and eardrums, which in turn can be marketed to advertisers."
"The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period."


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