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[____] [____] There won’t be a transition away from cars —The love of the car prevents people from
seeing any problems
Robert Creighton, MA student at The New School for Public Engagement, 2005
(“Absence of Motion: Stillness in Cars” Project Thesis for the Master of Arts in Media Studies New
Automobiles have played an essential role in the development of U.S. culture throughout the
last century. They represent better than any other consumer product the overwhelming power of
the industrialization processes that were refined at the turn of the nineteenth century – so much
so that the last one hundred years could be rightly called the century of the car. The impact
of their production techniques and the business models of those that made them cannot be
overstated. The car reached into all aspects of our lives. However it is the cultural impact of
the car that has the greatest role in society. " The space that they occupy in the American
psyche leads to the love affair with cars that we have maintained over the last 70 years. It acts
as a mask when we want to ask difficult questions about the role of automobility in the future.
Our emotional attachment to the car hides the inherent problems that they bring to the table. Car
trouble has serious implications beyond the everyday frustrations one experiences in traffic. Yet
the methodology of the car remains the same. Commercials espouse freedom, openness, and
motion. These past ideals dominate the discussion of cars in the public sphere of the United
States and throughout the rest of the world. The following examples will suggest how we’ve
arrived at this point where the emotional attachment to the automobile is still so stro ng. 17 | P a g e Mass Transit Negative BDL No Solvency – No Riders
[____] No one will use mass transit – Europe Proves
Robert Utt, Ph.D., is Herbert and Joyce Morgan Senior Research Fellow in the Thomas A. Roe
Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, 2011
(“Time to End Obama’s Costly High-Speed Rail Program,” 2/11,
If one’s knowledge of European travel preferences comes from Time, The New York Review of
Books, and Pink Panther movies, then the President’s statement would seem to ring true. Sadly, the
reality is quite different. European and Asian governments have paid staggering sums to
subsidize a mode of travel that only a small and shrinking share of their populations uses .
In its most recent report on European travel patterns, the European Commission noted that
passenger rail’s share of the European market (EU-27) declined from 6.6 percent in 1995 to 6.3
percent in 2008, reaching a low of 5.9 percent in 2004. Market shares for autos and buses also fell
over the period, while the airlines’ market share jumped. In effect, Europeans are adopting more
American modes o...
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