At an airport, I saw two adjacent ads, "DENVER THANKS OUR MILITARY,"
then, "LIVE. EVERY TRACK. ALL SEASON LONG. NASCAR ON SPEED." No irony
was intended by this juxtaposition, but our troops are certainly killing
and dying to sustain our car infatuation. On television, coverage of
the Gulf of Mexico disaster is frequently interrupted by car
commercials. Our oil car habit is destroying this planet, but we cannot
wean ourselves from this addiction. We express ourselves through
automobiles, after all. Cars are us. In much of America, one rarely sees
bodies, only cars. Our land and cityscapes have been deformed for the
hurling, private steel box.
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