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    America's a driven Society

    hm........what the does that mean

    I mean, I know it's to nothing to do with The USA driving a car

    I think is s.o. about wild consumerism and being a wasteful society or something like that

    what'd ya guys think


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    Re: America's a driven Society

    Quote Originally Posted by loui View Post
    hm........what the does that mean

    I mean, I know it's to nothing to do with The USA driving a car

    I think is s.o. about wild consumerism and being a wasteful society or something like that

    what'd ya guys think
    "Driven" would often be used in ways that mean "compelled or forced, especially by internally-generated pressure; obsessed."

    A compulsive quality to an activity makes us use the word "driven:"

    - His job was so stressful he was driven to drink.
    - The student felt driven to get perfect grades.
    - North Pole reachers and Mount Everest climbers -- what makes them so driven?
    - He was driven to meet his goals before it was too late.
    - Sir Ronald Ross was driven for ten years by his determination to find the cause of malaria.

    The author of the statement about America as a "driven society" must be thinking of some behavior that Americans do that is "driven" -- accumulate money, perhaps -- or spend it;
    maybe "inflict democracy on every part of the globe," or "stamp out the roots of terrorism," or "work work work," or whatever traits of Americans the author is thinking of.

    Generally, to be "driven" is construed as a negative quality.

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