Michael Dawson: Carmageddon? Or a rational public discourse?
Even as oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico from a deep water drilling accident, new drilling is being planned off Alaska's arctic coast this July. But neither ecological disasters, oil wars, nor tens of thousands of annual auto fatalities have so far dampened our enthusiasm for the car. Sociologist and author Michael Dawson explores the how this enthusiasm is rooted in a capitalist business model that's "intractably addicted to selling us cars in crazy-huge numbers, forever, no matter the ecological and social consequences," thus "the homicidal perpetuation of cars-first transportation." Speaking with host Stephanie Potter, Dawson discusses the need to take a clear-eyed look at the addiction to the U.S. car's-first transportation policy. Michael Dawson is author of The Consumer Trap, Big Business Marketing in American Life (2004) and publishes the blog: The Consumer Trap, which aims to expose capitalism, marketing and market totalitarianism. His forthcoming book is called Courting Carmageddon: Capitalism, Transportation, and the Approaching Collapse of the United States, and his blog on this topic is Death by Car. (music by Kevin MacLeod)
Of note: two events with activist Paul Cienfuegos at this year's Village Building Convergence in Portland focussed on taking action to develop alternatives, (archived at http://kboo.fm/node/21921.) Cienfuegos' workshop at VBC was focussed on how we the people could design and implement a plan to cut Portland's car use by 80% within 20 years. (more info at: vbc.cityrepair.org and more with Cienfuegos is archived on KBOO at http://kboo.fm/node/14909 and http://kboo.fm/node/20386 .)
- Title: Michael Dawson: Carmageddon? Or a rational public discourse?
- Producer: Stephanie Potter
- Length: 27:25 minutes (12.55 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)