Frank Schell at The American Spectator has clearly been thinking about it, too. He begins a piece on the troubles besetting the Ralph Lauren brand with a look at the declining stock value and messy managerial maneuvers recently impacting that company.
But then he gets to the essence of the matter:
But the globalization of grunge is not limited to appearance. Social media have become a channel for the instant expressions of vulgarity and hatred, going viral at near the speed of light, and parts of cyberspace are a giant septic tank where you travel at your own risk. The internet, with its advantage as a medium of efficiency and economic leveler, also brings with it a low cost, lowest common denominator approach to shopping — why seek quality when you can click a few times to spend the least?Maybe this is the next step in the process fist brought to light by Joseph Epstein's 2004 Weekly Standard article The Perpetual Adolescent" and Diana West's 2007 book Death of the Grown-Up.
After all, we're now in an age where Saturday Night Live skits become the topic of discussion in ostensibly serious venues, and where the world waits breathlessly to see how ideologically charges Super Bowl halftime performances are going to be.
Cary Grant wouldn't recognize post-America or his native Britain.