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Todd Gitlin Quotes

Todd Gitlin Quotes & Quotations
Todd Gitlin

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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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    I don't for the life of me understand how anybody could contemplate the results of the 2000 election in the US and say that electoral politics doesn't matter any more, and that Ralph Nader was right when he said there is no difference between the two parties. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    I first came to think about media and politics in the late 1960s, having observed some distortions up close, but since then I wouldn't say that my personal experience has remained an important motive for my writing about media. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    My business is the analytical framework. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    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. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't. Todd_GitlinTodd Gitlin
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    Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience. Todd_Gitlin/21.php">Todd Gitlin
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    The fancy term for what America has squandered in the past year and a half or so is legitimacy. Todd_Gitlin/22.php">Todd Gitlin
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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. Todd_Gitlin/23.php">Todd Gitlin
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    The mobilisation which Bush has been able to perform since 11 September 2001 has to be fought - at least by Americans - in the name of a wise, honourable and democratic patriotism. Todd_Gitlin/24.php">Todd Gitlin
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    The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period. Todd_Gitlin/25.php">Todd Gitlin
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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. Todd_Gitlin/26.php">Todd Gitlin
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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. Todd_Gitlin/27.php">Todd Gitlin
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    To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them. Todd_Gitlin/28.php">Todd Gitlin