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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-24-11 10:44 AM
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Five Media Myths That Perpetuate Car Culture
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Five Media Myths That Perpetuate Car Culture
by Anne Lutz Fernandez and Catherine Lutz on May 23, 2011


Another day, another news story, another media outlet wielding an old saw like this one: high gas prices are a political problem for the president because Americans love their cars. American car culture, fed by everything from our sprawled out landscape to a daily bombardment of car ads, is kept alive by journalists use of a set of hackneyed narratives. Beyond clichs, these story lines represent a collection of myths that shore up an unhealthy, unequal, and ultimately unsustainable car system.

Americans love their cars. A Google search for this statement returns 2.8 times as many hits as Americans love their pets and 6.3 times as many as Americans love their guns. Yes, there will always be automotive enthusiasts and drivers fond of their cars. But our car culture is both shifting and conflicted: The last time they were surveyed by Pew, Americans saying they saw their cars as something special, more than just a means of transportation, had dropped from 43 to 23 percent. Americans may need their cars in our transit-starved and poorly planned landscape, but with mind-numbing traffic and volatile gas prices, the luster is off the chrome.

Teens cant wait to grab the car keys. The press persists in romanticizing a teens first trip to the DMV as the ultimate coming of age ritual. But its their middle-aged parents who are more likely to be champing at the bit, fed up with schlepping their kids and steeped in nostalgia about the freedom they felt when they first drove. But this generation is different. Already connected by smartphones and computers, and graduating into a terrible job market, young people are less car-happy than their parents were at the same age. Todays teens are delaying getting their licenses and purchasing vehicles, and college students are more interested in living in urban centers where they can be less car-dependent. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/05/23/five-media-myths-t... /




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lfairban Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-11 01:45 AM
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1. That reminds me . . .
. . ., "I'm In Love With My Car" is one of my all time Queen favorites!

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