Rich and rude

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“We are liv­ing in the sec­ond great Gilded Age, a time of star­tling per­sonal wealth. In the West, the man­sion af­ter man­sion with broad and rolling grounds; in the East, the apart­ments with foy­ers in which bowl­ing teams could play. [. . . ]

“Cell­phones are won­der­ful, but they em­power the ob­nox­ious and am­plify the ig­no­rant. Once they kept their thoughts to them­selves. They had no choice. [. . . ]

“Black­Ber­rys em­power the ob­sessed. We wouldn’t have them if the econ­omy weren’t high and we weren’t pretty well off. [. . .]

“It is pos­si­ble that we are on the cell­phone be­cause we are lonely and hunger for con­nec­tion, even of the shal­low­est kind; that we Black­Berry be­cause we hope for a sense of con­trol in a chaotic world [. . .]

“It’s also pos­si­ble we have grown more boor­ish. [. . .] Many things thrive in the age of ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing bad man­ners.”

— Peggy Noo­nan, writ­ing on “Rich Man, Boor Man,” on July 27 in Opin­ionJour­

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