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Todd Gitlin

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.
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Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
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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.
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Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.
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Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent.
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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.
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Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history.
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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.
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It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives.
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Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.
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So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids.
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The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period.
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To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them.
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We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives.
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My position is not that John Kerry is either Jesus Christ or the prophet Mohammad. My position is that John Kerry is the possibility of restarting politics.
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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.
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Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience.
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I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society.
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A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks.
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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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Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions.
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