Get QuoteDark Inspirational Quotes App
" A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks. "
" 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. "
" The fancy term for what America has squandered in the past year and a half or so is legitimacy. "
In The Past
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives. "
" Today's global justice movement may be the biggest, most diverse and energetic in history. "
" I don't think anyone in the media thinks strategically about society. "
" 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. "
" To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them. "
" 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. "
" Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state. "
" All I will say is that there are particular features of the American constitutional system that renders a third party futile - at best. "
" So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids. "
" Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent. "
" It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives. "
" 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. "
" Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions. "
" The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
Change The World
" 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. "
" Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history. "
" 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. "
" Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't. "
" Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given. "
" 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. "
" 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. "