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Old 01-31-2006, 02:41 PM   #1
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These are sad times :(
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Latham says his students no longer see their cars as an essential expression; their Toyotas and Hondas are just vehicles. They boast of iPods or computer games, not their 'wheels'.

'They are like walking cyborgs with all these things attached to them. Cars have become functional. They are not statements anymore. Electronics are,' he said.

Lord agrees: 'Young people do not have that same set of cultural signs. Their cultural landscape is about technology and the internet, not about convertibles and driving across America.'
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Im proud of my American Domestic car, even if I am one of few people under twenty who still uses the car to express myself in a certain way.
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Tis a very sad thing to see! I like the good ol' days better when cars stood for something. You saw a Lincoln and knew it was that persons last set of wheels before a wheelchair. LOL

Vehicles use to be a status symbol. It is sad that people rever Ipods more than their vehicles. A vehicle is a major purchase for most people (new and even sometimes used). What is this world coming to?
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It'* true...LilSis doesn't care what she drives...she cares more about her cell phone.
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Most people want a car to go from A to B. I have a handful of friends who really appreciate their own car. Most don't even know what brand their car is.

It'* progression...
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I looked at 10 different cars before I got my Bonneville. It does describe my personality. I drive a big, purple, slightly messed up car because I don't like to fit in and I'm a little rough around the edges. I have 2 pick-ups because I'm a redneck.
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I'm the polar opposite of modern society. Which is prolly the biggest reason I haven't gone "out" with a girl in my life. Sometimes I wish i'd wake up some morning and be back in the 60'*. But, i'll just have to be content with moving out to the sticks someday. Sure, I have an i-pod and cell phone but those are just things to me. My car means a lot to me, whereas the phone and i-pod are easily replacable.
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everyone feals bad about people loseing interest in ther cars? and yet every day you hear someone cutting up on ricers :P :P

atleast these guys love ther cars and put time and money and effort into ther rides
granted they arent american rides, but a ride none the less
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These are sad times :(
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Latham says his students no longer see their cars as an essential expression; their Toyotas and Hondas are just vehicles. They boast of iPods or computer games, not their 'wheels'.

'They are like walking cyborgs with all these things attached to them. Cars have become functional. They are not statements anymore. Electronics are,' he said.

Lord agrees: 'Young people do not have that same set of cultural signs. Their cultural landscape is about technology and the internet, not about convertibles and driving across America.'

walking cyborgs....LOL I guess I would fall into that category, but yeah if cars were statements I would not be driving what I drive
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