Thursday, June 4, 2009

Say What?

This morning I was listening to NPR on my way to work. There was an interesting narrative entitled "Woe Is My Car Industry" by P.J O'Rourke. I usually take what he says with a grain of salt. His opinions are vastly different from mine but I always enjoy other peoples perspectives on things. The gist on the narrative was that facebook and feminism killed the car. In O'Rourke's opinion cars were used to get the girl. Men strived to buy the best car that they could, spent hours detailing it, cruised the strip picking up ladies at the local burger joint and eventually took their dates up to make out mountain and wooed them with their smooth moves and sweet ride. Really? Were women ever really that easy? And how does facebook come into all this? Well, there may still be a few men cruising the strip for hot babes but those babes are few and far between. According to O'Rourke these ladies are waiting online to be IM'd, tweeted or winked at depending on your social networking site of choice.

One would think that car sales would grow with feminism and the working woman. No longer does a woman need to wait for her husband to buy her a car, she can buy one herself. Also, with more households bringing in dual incomes doesn't that create a demand for more vehilces when both husband and wife need a car to get to work? After listening to this I didn't know if I should be offended or laugh. After it sunk in I chuckled to myself. Take a read and decide for yourself!


Vanessa said...

couldn't agree with you more. Clearly in the past not everyone had a car so there was huge growth potential. Demand won't surge in that way again. What silly ideas! :)

melissa said...

i have nothing beneficial to say but what an idiot.