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Todd Gitlin Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit -
period.
- Todd Gitlin

A century of convulsive change leaves huge demographic gouge marks.
- Todd Gitlin

 

Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject
was the intersection of biography and history.
- Todd Gitlin

All I will say is that there are particular features
of the American constitutional system that renders a third party futile -
at best.
- Todd Gitlin

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

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

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

Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal,
which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
- Todd Gitlin

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

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

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 Gitlin

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 Gitlin

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

My business is the analytical framework.
- Todd Gitlin

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

Today's global justice movement may be the biggest,
most diverse and energetic in history.
- Todd Gitlin

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

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 Gitlin

The fancy term for what America has squandered in the
past year and a half or so is legitimacy.
- Todd Gitlin

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 Gitlin

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 Gitlin

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

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

Sure, I've often been misrepresented -
anyone frequently quoted has this experience.
- Todd Gitlin

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.
- Todd Gitlin

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 Gitlin

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.
- Todd Gitlin

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 Gitlin

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

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.
- Todd Gitlin

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

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 Gitlin

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 Gitlin

My JOY Factory is Immense.
I don't wait for joy,
I manufacture my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify
the trouble we take to have sex.
- Daniel S. Greenberg

Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out
of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers,
who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
- Simone Weil

I want to manufacture a feud.
- Rob Corddry

They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes
and they will undoubtedly keep trying.
But it won't work.
She was an original.
- Billy Wilder

Do we want in this nation to lose the backbone of manufacturing
in this country? Do we want to be a nation that doesn't
want to manufacture anything?
- Jennifer M. Granholm

Encouraging underground uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau um,
the federal government was the only purchaser of uranium
ore to try to manufacture uh,
atomic bombs.
- Tom Udall

I see no reason for giving the capital employed in
agriculture greater protection than the capital vested
in other branches of trade,
manufacture, or commerce.
- Joseph Hume

Technical skill counts for nothing if it is used only
to manufacture films which have little to do with humanity.
- Edward Dmytryk

I don't need to manufacture trauma in my life to be creative.
I have a big enough reservoir of sadness or emotional trauma to last me.
- Sting

Perhaps our only sickness is to desire a truth which
we cannot bear rather than to rest content with the
fictions we manufacture out of each other.
- Lawrence Durrell

My organs are too powerful...
I manufacture blood and fat too rapidly.
- Robert Baldwin

We need the children of Indonesia and the Philippines
to manufacture our freedom of choice.
- Marc Maron

Right now, I'm working with Super Bakery and we manufacture
nutritional donuts called Super Donuts.
- Franco Harris

The guiding principle is not to manufacture the goods everyone needs,
rather to earn profits for a few capitalists.
- Walter Ulbricht

The manufacture of wax candles was another important
branch of business in the nunnery.
- Maria Monk

Movie making is the slowest business on earth next to fossil manufacture.
- Aaron Latham

Cloning represents a very clear, powerful,
and immediate example in which we are in danger of
turning procreation into manufacture.
- Leon Kass

The church saves sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
- Elbert Hubbard

Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors,
who when their turn comes will manufacture professors.
- Simone Veil

Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature.
That is an article of exclusively human manufacture
and very much to our credit.
- Thomas Huxley

We have seen the evil of the manufacture and sale of
intoxicating liquors in our midst;
let us try prohibition and see what this will do for us.
- Thomas Jordan Jarvis

Without bureaus, committees, officials or emissaries
to manufacture sentiment in his favor,
without intrigue or effort on his part,
Grant is the candidate whose supporters have never threatened to bolt.
- Roscoe Conkling

All men, even those we call savages,
have been so tormented by the passion for strong drinks,
that limited as their capacities were,
they were yet able to manufacture them.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of
the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts.
It is our belief that no human being who devotes his
life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can
be anything but fundamentally inadequate.
- Christopher Hampton

We used to speak familiarly of an agent,
now do more, who was accustomed to manufacture evidence,
and to invent facts in his cases, or at least to alter
the aspects of facts to such an extent that they might fairly be viewed as new.
- George Combe

Agriculture is now a motorized food industry,
the same thing in its essence as the production of
corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps,
the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine,
the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.
- Martin Heidegger

Of course, the kind of support that Cuba could give
us was very limited when it came to building up our army,
since they didn't manufacture armaments in the quantities that we required.
So we turned to Algeria and the Soviet Union for support.
- Daniel Ortega

In course of time the Brothers Cowper removed the manufacture
of their printing machines from London,
to Manchester.
There they found skilled and energetic workmen,
ready to carry their plans into effect.
- James Nasmyth

In most communities it is illegal
to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly.
Should it not be considered serious international misconduct
to manufacture a general war scare
in an effort to achieve local political aims?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The chip comes from silicon foundries who have been
running their plants for the past fifty years,
understand mass manufacture, and are the area that
is most likely to understand the volume increase problem.
- Mike Marsh

The very fact that women now form about one-fifth of
the employes in manufacture and commerce in this country
has opened a vast field of industrial legislation directly
affecting women as wage-earners.
- Florence Kelley

The best way to begin genuine bipartisanship to make
America stronger is to work together on the real crises facing our country,
not to manufacture an artificial crisis to serve a
special interest agenda out of touch with the needs of Americans.
- John F. Kerry

And then lo and behold IBM, Apple and Motorola took
an ad in all the newspapers,
double page ad, and said, announcing the chip that
they were now able to manufacture it and that they
were going to kill Intel.
- Arthur Rock


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