Sunday, June 24, 2012

"With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization."

"With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization. May be that they won't add to the beauty of the world or the life of the men's souls, I'm not sure. But automobiles have come and almost all outwards things will be different because of what they bring. They're going to alter war and they're going to alter peace. And I think men's minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles. And it may be that George is right. May be that in ten to twenty years from now that if we can see the inward change in men by that time, I shouldn't be able to defend the gasoline engine but agree with George - that automobiles had no business to be invented."

- From the Orson Welles film, "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942)


Mr. Homegrown said...

fWow. Got to get around to seeing the rest of this movie.

Brian M said...

A friend and I were discussing this topic the other day. I agree with the concept that while the automobile is a "liberating" technology in some ways, it is also a profoundly antisocial technology which exacerbates sociopathic tendencies. Think about all of the POWER given to people by a machine which also largely isolates you from other human beings.