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Examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and society.
these "mainstream" movies are supplemented by foreign movies, art films, sex movies, and a whole stream of specialized motion pictures consciously designed to appeal to sub-markets--surfers, hot-rodders, motorcyclists, and the like. Output is so specialized that it is even possible, in New York at least, to find a theater patronized almost exclusively by homosexuals who watch the antics of transvestites and "drag queens" filmed especially for them. All this helps account for the trend toward
packaged and marketed by a subcult. Often we are unaware of the moment when we commit ourselves to one life style model over all others. The decision to "be" an Executive or a Black Militant or a West Side Intellectual is seldom the result of purely logical analysis. Nor is the decision always made cleanly, all at once. The research scientist who switches from cigarettes to a pipe may do so for health reasons without recognizing that the pipe is part of a whole life style toward which he finds
contest that requires self-mastery and high intelligence. For the individual who comes armed with these, and who makes the necessary effort to understand the fast-emerging super-industrial social structure, for the person who finds the "right" life pace, the "right" sequence of subcults to join and life style models to emulate, the triumph is exquisite. Undeniably, these grand words do not apply to the majority of men. Most people of the past and present remain imprisoned in life niches they have
1969, p. 92. 72 Theobald is quoted from , p. 29. CHAPTER FIVE 75 The Fuller estimates are from , Document 3, pp. 28-29. 77 Transport problems of the developing nations are examined in "Immobility: Barrier to Development" by Wilfred Owen in , p. 30. 78 Drucker is quoted from , p. 92. 78 The nomadic city dweller is discussed in "Are We a Nation of Cities?" by Daniel Elazar, Public Interest, Summer, 1966, p. 53. 78 The figure on Americans who move is drawn from Population
we can react sanely to new conditions, we have a grip on reality. When this gap grows too wide, however, we find ourselves increasingly unable to cope, we respond inappropriately, we become ineffectual, withdraw or simply panic. At the final extreme, when the gap grows too wide, we suffer psychosis--or even death. To maintain our adaptive balance, to keep the gap within manageable proportions, we struggle to refresh our imagery, to keep it up-to-date, to relearn reality. Thus the accelerative