When one edits a blog on cars-first transportation and a blog on market totalitarianism, news such as this poses the question of where to comment. Since marketing and market totalitarianism are the bigger, deeper phenomenon, I choose TCT.
As the planet roasts, pickup trucks remain the engine of the automobile-industrial complex, which is itself the leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, as well as the lifeblood of corporate capitalism. How does this happen? As Leslie Savan says, “follow the flattery.” (And, meanwhile, note the sexism, homophobia, and thoughtless obstinacy on which it rests.)
Another museum piece for our grandchildren, on the off chance we leave them a livable world.
No anti-capitalist, anti-marketing blog can afford to avoid day-after commentary on the theme of Super Bowl ads. The “greatest spectacle in American sports” is, after all, also the biggest day of the year in the underlying endeavor of corporate marketing.
FWIW, TCT hereby refers you to DbC for this year’s mutual take.
The first 4,400 purchasers of General Motors’ new Chevrolet Volt hybrid car are receiving a free gift from the public in excess of $10,000. This takes the form of a $7,500 tax credit, plus a gift of a home charging station that starts at $2,500 excluding installation (and the installation requires an electrician rewiring part of your house).