Froma Harrop's recent editorial "The casualization of America" is a pointed lament about our cultural slob-iness and the attitudes from which it has arisen. In summary:
Some observers suspect that a collapse in grooming and attention to dress has contributed to the decline in civility on our streets and in our politics. People don't care what they look like in public because they don't care about the public. They have little notion of, or interest in, playing a supportive role in their civilization.
On a recent trip to the Texas panhandle, I found myself in a Dairy Queen in…Panhandle, Texas. While waiting for my grilled chicken sandwich, I pulled out my iTouch and was delighted to discover free wi-fi service. I started browsing, and reminiscing.