My business is the analytical framework.
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.
America is not just 'a nation with the soul of a church,' as G.K. Chesterton wrote in 1992: it is a nation with the mind of a crusade
If the Bible is a creation myth, it is an amorphous confusing one
Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent.
So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids.
Sure, I've often been misrepresented - anyone frequently quoted has this experience.
The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period.
To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them.
Today's global justice movement may be the biggest, most diverse and energetic in history.
We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.
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.
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.
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.
Who of us does not recognize that the life we live, however larded with brave talk about values and thought and ideals, is not actually a life dedicated to immersion in the endless torrent of images, songs, sounds and stories?
Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives.
Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history.
It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives.
Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.
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.
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.
Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don’t.
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.
Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.
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