How Jay Leno Might Usher in the Electric Car Revolution
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more infamous gearhead than former Tonight Show host Jay Leno. With an upcoming prime-time talk show that will presumably pay him in the tens of millions, Leno has been able to furnish one of America’s most famous garages. And with a little help from NBC, he could be looking to jumpstart the emergence of the electric car in the United States.
While Leno’s monster garage undoubtedly features its share of gas-guzzling masses of pig iron, the comedian and late-night host has been fond of electric models for some time. In fact, his collection features three antique electric models, including a Baker Electric dating back almost 100 years. Originally marketed to women as an alternative-energy vehicle at the turn of the century, Leno’s model still runs silently almost 100 years after rolling off the assembly line. With his upcoming Jay Leno Show, he is looking to bring that appreciation for green cars to television this fall.
While most of the details surrounding the Jay Leno Show remain shrouded in network-television mystery, Leno has revealed the idea for a recurring segment entitled the Green Car Challenge. The segment will feature Hollywood celebrities racing one another in electric vehicles. No word on a track or prizes, but word is that Tom Cruise has already asked about taking some practice runs before competing in the challenge. The concept was apparently inspired by a celebrity segment Leno volunteered for on the popular BBC Series Top Gear. With an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge electric vehicles to an absolutely massive prime-time audience, Leno has a unique opportunity to start bringing alternative energy cars to the mass market.
As a partner in the venture, NBC, whose parent company is General Electric, has a mixed history of green initiatives. In a large-scale Earth Week promotion last year, the network introduced environmentally-conscious storylines into a number of shows. A contestant on the Biggest Loser won a hybrid SUV while a couple on the soap opera Days of Our Lives had a fictional green wedding. But the green message was muddied somewhat when Today Show host Matt Lauer was whisked around the world on a private jet as part of the recurring Where in the World is Matt Lauer segment. The travel burnt massive amounts of jet fuel, drawing some ire from environmental watchdogs, eventually forcing NBC to cancel the segment. Now a push from Leno could potentially usher in the green car revolution that countless auto executives, including Tata CEO Ratan Tata, believe is long overdue.
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Civil discourse has fallen to an all time low.
The question that the American populace needs to ask itself now is: how do we fix it?
Discursive fundamentals need to be taught to preserve free expression
In their findings the authors state:
upholding First Amendment ideals.
Talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner
- Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.
- Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.
- Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.
- Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial
- Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.
- Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.
- Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising,
It's interesting to note the authors found that:
"Tribe membership shows strong reliability in predicting views across different political topics."
Here are some statistics on differing viewpoints according to political party:
- 51% of staunch liberals say it's "morally acceptable" to punch Nazis.
- 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
- 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
- 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
- 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
Here are some guidelines for civic discourse that might come in handy:
- Practice inclusion and listen to who you're speaking to.
Civic discourse in the divisive age
dangerously tribal, fueled by a culture of outrage and taking offense. For the combatants,
the other side can no longer be tolerated, and no price is too high to defeat them.
These tensions are poisoning personal relationships, consuming our politics and
putting our democracy in peril.
Once a country has become tribalized, debates about contested issues from
immigration and trade to economic management, climate change and national security,
become shaped by larger tribal identities. Policy debate gives way to tribal conflicts.
Polarization and tribalism are self-reinforcing and will likely continue to accelerate.
The work of rebuilding our fragmented society needs to start now. It extends from
re-connecting people across the lines of division in local communities all the way to
building a renewed sense of national identity: a bigger story of us."
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