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How Hollywood Denigrates Characters Who Don't Drive

Tom Vanderbilt explains adroitly "how not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser." Why does the film industry have such contempt for the carless?
August 2, 2010, 7am PDT | George Haugh
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"Greenberg is just the most recent film in which a character's non-automobility-whether for lack of a car or for lack of the ability to drive-is used for comic effect, whether as a metaphor for a deeper personality flaw or as a token of marginality and/or plain creepiness."

One reason could be a "society that has trouble conceiving of life outside the omnipresent sphere of what sociologist John Urry calls 'automobility.'"

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Published on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Slate
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