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By John Miller

Egotopia explains why person political and financial pursuits have eclipsed aesthetic issues within the rampant billboards, department shops, and concrete sprawl of the hot American Landscape.Egotopia starts the place different evaluations of the yank panorama finish: settling on the actual ugliness that defines and homogenizes America's towns, suburbs, and geographical region. Believing that triumphing tests of the yank panorama are insufficient and injudicious, John Miller calls into query the normal knowledge of environmentalists, city planners, and designers alike. during this precedent-shattering exam of what he sees because the ugliness that's the American buyer society, Miller contends that our aesthetic will be totally understood in simple terms through explorers of the metaphoric environment.Metaphorically, the ugliness of America's nice suburban sprawl is the actual manifestation of our expanding narcissism- our egotopia. The ubiquity of psychotherapy as a medium selling self-indulgence has deified inner most guy because it has demonized public guy. the recent American panorama, Miller argues, is not any longer the actual manifestation of public and communal values. as a substitute it has develop into a projection of personal fantasies and narcissistic self-indulgence. person pursuits and personal passions can not tolerate, nor even realize, aesthetic issues in this type of panorama devoted to uncompromising notions of application.  

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At the end of the Second World War, with industrial pro- Page 6 duction at full throttle, horizons of soot-belching smoke-stacks cast an appalling ugliness over scores of cities throughout the nation. The depression and the war motivated hundreds of thousands to leave farms and small towns for industrial jobs in the big cities. The city was the portal through which the poor came, from the country and from abroad. Their desire for work, schooling, and opportunities infused the city with the passions we once considered progress.

Based Scenic America and director of the American Greenways Program at the Conservation Fund in Arlington, Virginia. I am especially indebted for his help with the chapter on billboards, although I take full responsibility for the conclusions therein concerning Scenic America. No one has been more dedicated to improving the Page xvi aesthetics of the American environment than Ed McMahon. Those of us concerned with preserving and enhancing the urban and rural landscape owe him our gratitude for his lifelong commitment to taming the aesthetic excesses of mindless commercialism.

Such a description aptly applies to many eastern and midwestern campuses that had their origin as isolated enclaves acting in loco parentis. It is much more emotionally moving to encounter such a fusion of man and nature within the real time and real space of the urban environment. Let us consider Los Angeles. I mention Los Angeles precisely because it is, more than most American cities, an aesthetically devoid landscape dedicated to utility and the incessant indulgences of innumerable private men.

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