File spoon-archives/marxism-thaxis.archive/marxism-thaxis_1998/marxism-thaxis.9804, message 154


Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 13:53:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: M-TH: pollution/music halls



gd>I could certainly get on a bus or a
gd>train, it would be a great deal cheaper and not necessarily that
gd>inconvenient.  But there's no sense of being in control, or thrill of
gd>speed and acceleration

dh>So because your real life is so prosaic, you live vicariously by driving? I
dh>guess ruined air and paved landscapes are a small price to pay for the
dh>psychic compensation.


For the frisson, yes.  Actually I like the fact that the urban
landscape has been transformed to something 'more human' and the
air quality is generally very good, just as I like the freedom to
drive in the country - it's difficult to see it otherwise. 
Think of it as "civilised values".

To take the pleasure aspect out of popular motoring and reduce
it to mere functionality is rather like saying sex is only
for procreation rather than recreation - the rest is sin for
which you can equivalently 'pay the price' of spreading/receiving
disease and death. 

Well you can: but I wouldn't let that spoil my fun.



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