The Automobile in American Life: Insane or Rational?

Blog | May 24, 2016 by Bonnie D. Graham

The buzz: “I love my car, but oh you kid.”

Edward Humes in The Atlantic [04/12/16] slammed the “primacy” of the automobile in American life as absurd and worse. “Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.”

And while he acknowledges – and perhaps even admires – that “the car is the star” with its “unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software”, Humes roundly condemns the “allure of convenience” as a subterfuge for its many evils.

Will our experts agree or not?

The automotive industry experts speak.

Larry Stolle, SAP: “Automobiles are not ferocious…it is man who is to be feared.” (Robbins B. Stoeckel)

Joe Barkai, Industry Analyst: “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” (Melvin Kranzberg)

Otto Schell, GM: “First jumper–Tris! Welcome to Dauntless.” (Divergent, 2014 film)

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