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Old 03-12-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Obviously suburban sprawl is made possible by the invention of the car. However without radio and TV, would it have been completely unbearable? Are suburbanites unknowingly loading this void with TV? Is this the reason america "has no culture"?

 
Old 03-12-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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Are you a chronic troll? Last time I checked, the cities also have TV, radios, (and the Internet)---- and use in similar duration.
 
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and rural areas? They're even more isolated, and much more culturally isolated before electric? mass media.
 
Old 03-12-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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and rural areas? They're even more isolated, and much more culturally isolated before electric? mass media.
Small towns can't really help it. But before TV at least they probably had bustling downtowns. Now without any form of planning it seems like towns / cities will naturally expand looking like an LA or San Jose. Just endless sprawl. What I'm saying is people wouldn't prefer this if they couldn't be so content with just going home and watching TV. Then once it critical masses, you can't even argue the point anymore because barely anyone knows anyone who isn't a sprawler! (yet an amazing portion of the worlds population lives in a dense urban way)
 
Old 03-12-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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Obviously suburban sprawl is made possible by the invention of the car. However without radio and TV, would it have been completely unbearable? Are suburbanites unknowingly loading this void with TV? Is this the reason america "has no culture"?
They would have been as unbearable as any other place. If Americans were able to survive in frontier cabins for a century i'm sure they would be able to survive the suburbs.
 
Old 03-12-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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OP might actually be on to something. I don't think TV and radio necessarily had any effect on downtowns, but as technology advanced over the decades, people speculated that we'd spend more and more time at home; work from home, shop from home, living away from cities, etc. People would be less and less dependent on going into the city for anything when everything is already accessible from home. I think it's pretty evident the effect the internet has already had on brick-and-mortar businesses and facilities. Anyone seen a bookstore around lately?
 
Old 03-12-2013, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Small towns can't really help it. But before TV at least they probably had bustling downtowns. Now without any form of planning it seems like towns / cities will naturally expand looking like an LA or San Jose. Just endless sprawl. What I'm saying is people wouldn't prefer this if they couldn't be so content with just going home and watching TV. Then once it critical masses, you can't even argue the point anymore because barely anyone knows anyone who isn't a sprawler! (yet an amazing portion of the worlds population lives in a dense urban way)
Are you just bitter because you live in what appears to me the epitome of sprawl? Newtown Square, PA - Google Maps

Despite their "endless sprawl" San Jose and Los Angeles are both interesting cities and would be without mass media (Okay, well LA might have been a completely different city without media ).

I get your hypothesis but I don't think it holds water at all. People are just lazy now, whether they are living in an urban environment as well as super-sprawl like Newtown Square.
 
Old 03-12-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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America in 2013 is a shallow, superficial, disgustingly materialistic, arrogant, ammoral gutter society.
 
Old 03-12-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Who goes home and watches TV?

Are there no books in the suburbs?

Do city people spend all their time at the opera? (LMAO)

Who comes up with these ridiculous, narrow-minded premises?
 
Old 03-12-2013, 06:14 PM
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