While Peggy Noonan and I don't agree usually, she does ask some interesting questions in a recent Wall Street Journal column. Of course, she goes off the rails when she starts blaming Adam Lambert's AMA performance for Americans' worries about the future of the country. (No, seriously. Read the whole piece if you don't believe me! The twists of logic are incredible.)
Still, she asks some questions later in the piece about American culture that I'd be interested to hear Projectors' thoughts on.
Yes or no: Have we become a more vulgar country? Are we coarser than, say, 50 years ago? Do we talk more about sensitivity and treat others less sensitively? Do you think standards of public behavior are rising or falling? Is there something called the American Character, and do you think it has, the past half-century, improved or degenerated? If the latter, what are the implications of this? Do you sense, as you look around you, that each year we have less or more of the glue that holds a great nation together? Is there less courtesy in America now than when you were a child, or more? Bonus question: Is "Excuse me" a request or a command?
What do you think? How would you answer?