Car Sick
Lynn Sloman
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Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-Addicted Culture
Lynn Sloman
Chelsea Green
196 pages
September 2006
rated 1 of 5 possible stars

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It is very clear early on that Lynn Sloman has an agenda in Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-Addicted Culture. She begins with 34 pages detailing what's wrong with cars, followed by three paragraphs describing their advantages. Of the advantages listed, all are only short-term and advantageous only to oneself, not others. "A car offers access to new opportunities: social, educational, jobs," and yet those are seen as only immediate advantages, not long-term. Couldn't access to education or a job be far-reaching advantages?

Her arguments are half-baked and filled with loaded words. She belittles those who disagree with her. A "senior civil servant in the Department of Transport" is referred to as "Mr Red Braces" throughout.

She claims that newspaper editors and columnists are part of a group that relies on cars the most and see their cars as "important status symbols." She accuses these media people of slanting transportation stories in favor of car traffic and censoring opposing opinions. She even manages to throw in some male-bashing, claiming that it is only unenlightened men in charge who support car use, whereas women and sensitive men support public transportation and cycling.

This book is written for a British audience and has few references applicable in the U.S. Sloman uses terminology she never explains. What is "traffic calming?" This term is used five places in the text and is never defined.

I found this book difficult to finish.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Midge Bork, 2007

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