December 8, 2001
The mall. It sounds so innocuous, so harmless. Yet it typifies so much what is wrong with America. Mass culture for mass consumption - one mall is just like another mall, even the mega malls or the "designer" malls. Immigrants want to fit into America, yet keep their native heritage alive. By the third generation, only the desire to fit in to society seems to remain. With everyone wanting to fit in, no one dares to be an individual. The result: Gap clothes, McMansions, MTV music, SUVs and Escorts, Grisham novels, USA Today and no one minds their manners anymore.