This excerpt from a recent column by Richard Cohen rings true no matter where you are on the political spectrum:
...The Narcissist Nation is all around us. You can see it in the ubiquitous selfie, an immodest photo of the self, or even in the cellphone picture in which the real subject of the photo is not the image in it but the person taking it: Look where I was. Look at what I did. This is also why people take pictures of celebrities. Gotcha! It makes them important. Once, people asked for an autograph. Now, they take a picture. Even-steven.Are technology and the Information Age rewiring brains so as to make those brains more prone to narcissism and rigidity?
The Narcissistic Nation watches Fox News or MSNBC. This way it gets nothing but affirmation and is never challenged. It has its own blogs and tweets to the like-minded, is followed and friended by virtual clones, denounces and dismisses those of different opinions and demands that they be fired. The need is for a world much like themselves. How comforting. How gratingly bland....
It seems to me that attention spans have become dangerously shortened perhaps, in part, due to multi-tasking.