Martha Bayles is sick of Hollywood's signals to young men:
The most powerful shaper of popular attitudes is the entertainment industry, and what is it doing? This short article in today's New York Times sums it up very effectively -- all the more so because it is so bizarrely uncritical.
This mentality can be summed up simply: Young men have no minds, souls, or characters worth bothering about; they care about nothing, respect nothing, and aspire to nothing. They are pure appetite and aggression, just waiting to be pandered to for money. So may the best panderer win.
Already I am tired of the fuss over Michael Phelps, who has won eight gold medals but seems to have less charisma than a carp. But at least he aspired to greatness and achieved it. Without sports -- and, of course, war -- what other challenges are presented to young men? Being the biggest gross-out on the block?