Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Naming A Disaster

No doubt remains that we are reliving the Gilded Age. The only question is what name the historians will finally settle on for this latest era of rampant materialism and blatant corruption.

A couple of nominations:

1. Stilted Age. The name fits a time when a comfortable few rest easily above the floodwaters while an afflicted many watch jobs and homes and savings and ways of life wash away. And notice how today's industrial and political elites talk of the "small people" and "the unwashed back home." Even that is stilted.

2. Jaded Age. So named for a society overindulged, exhausted by overwork, dulled by excess. So named for a time when truth competes so poorly in the marketplace of ideas, when opinion is exalted over fact, when ugly propaganda becomes innocent spin, rendering nearly a whole people increasingly ignorant and cynical.

Your turn. I'm sure you can do better.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Call it "serfdom." Oh, I forgot.
That's already been used.