Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cultural Images and Car Culture

My favorite kind of read: provocative, smart, funny, and written by a cycler. This one is well worth part of your lunch break.

"The Despotism of the Image" Demetri Orlov (culturechange.org) [link]

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Blogger cyclingdave said...

thanks for that article. if you don't mind i'll link it on my site over the next few days.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Hjalti said...

He makes some valid points amongst the chaff, but the condescending tone of evangelicals, whether secular or religious, always puts me off. Mote in your own eye stuff, I guess.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

hjalti,

Yeah, he loses me a little at some points. I mean, as a city dweller I don't live without plastic and bury my feces around the yard (that I don't have). In that respect, I think he leans too hard on the suburbanites. In truth, I see a lot of garages around the city, too.

What I agree with Orlov on is that if we agree that what we have right now is a mess, it's unlikely that mess will go away by tweaking incentives (for land-use, transportation, alt. fuels) and waiting for the rational response. Many of the problems have become weirdly entrenched parts of American (and others') culture.

I could be way off, but that's why I feel like a president/governor/mayor/councilmancould do more with 1 bicycle ride to work than with 100 policies.

Thanks for the note.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Jett said...

Hey Joe, your post about the article reminded me of a book I read several years ago called "Your Money or Your Life". I've posted a link to your post and wrote about my personal re-examination of the images of success.

Each of us wants to do good on this planet and different things spark us to take action. You never know what spark can release that energy.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Jett said...

It just occurred to me that I've made that post on my Agora blog instead of my cycling blog.

6:36 PM  
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