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Todd Gitlin
Nationality: American
Category: Sociologist
Subcategory: American Sociologist

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.


Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives.


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.


I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society.


It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives.


My business is the analytical framework.


A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks.


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.


We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.


Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.


Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent.


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.


Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.


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.


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.


Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions.


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.


To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them.


So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids.


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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