While the old world ("air quotes") has its karnevals and regional theaters, the US thrives on daily disorientation and dislocation. This isn't controversial, its rock n' roll. Otherwise, how can we so easily discount the fact that the entertainment industry is America's largest and most popular global export?
The revolutionary project of a classless society, of an all-embracing historical life, implies the withering away of the social measurement of time in favour of a federation of independent times...The world already dreams of such a time. In order to actually live it, it only needs to become fully conscious of it.