A shrinking middle class. Rising dead-end poverty. The splurges of a new super rich. These have also become the markers of our time. Is it all the Beatles' fault? Did the lads from Liverpool pave the way for the "Reagan Revolution" and the rise of the 1 percent?
The death of a celebrity like Prince evokes a response that reveals more about us than about the deceased. Our chest beating in grief is a bit self-indulgent. Cronkite was a dinosaur from the past, but one who understood this and reported accordingly, but he was probably the last one to do so.