I was just overhearing my classmates as they were finishing up washing their car, and the girl got so excited that they now had the ability to go places! But all she could list were fast-food places and shopping malls. From the roaring 1920’s up into the 70’s (in my opinion), automobiles were a potent symbol of freedom. Here was an affordable, middle class form of urban transportation that could be owned and operated by an individual. I think for the youth of today, cars are still a symbol of autonomy from one’s parents, and also an economic necessity for holding a job. But I think rather than being the symbol of flight and liberty that it was to the baby boomers, it has become an icon of consumerism.

What do you think?


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