Do you ever have those little moments – maybe while you’ve got your bucket of super-sized popcorn and “free refill” in your lap, watching previews for a Transformers movie – when you realize things in the U.S. of A. aren’t quite as… well, not quite as Morning In America-ish as they used to be? I’m not talking economic recession here – being China’s bitch is just way too obvious. I mean those little cultural indicators adding up to a certain vague unease that maybe we’re completely losing our grip. A hint of 4th Century Roman Empire? Maybe a little Easter Island?
I’m seeking examples of American Cultural Hegemony Gone To Seed. Priority given to cases of extreme grandiosity or intemperance. Bonus points for display of multiple deadly sins. Harbinger-of-Doom quality and brute ignorance welcome. This month’s award goes to the venerable Pizza Hut – for its new CHEESEBURGER STUFFED PIZZA CRUST.