Lawrence Grossberg said that in a 1990 poll, “70% of 16- to 24-year-olds thought that the world was a better place when their parents were their age, and that 56% thought the world would be even worse for their children” (p.157).
Is this still the case nowadays?
With the economy in the state that it is, many can argue that yes, the world is not becoming much better for the general public. Sure, there are many rich people in the World, but many more poor people, even in developed countries. There is somewhat a crisis at both the economic and cultural levels. The distribution of money is severely imbalanced and solving the problem does not seem possible in the near future.
It doesn’t help that celebrities are just getting richer and richer. Famous people, or “Stars” as Grossberg describes them, are increasingly rewarded with mobility that helps them gain wealth by giving them the ability to switch from one career to another, say from a musician to an actor. “Even Donald Trump gets paid to do commercials” (p.158).
Why does he need to be paid? Because nothing in life is free. Everyone needs compensation for what they do, especially when they know they can get it.
Hopefully future generations find a way to solve the complex problems that our world faces today with poverty. It will be hard though, since people loved to be entertained. We help famous people get rich, and adore them. This kind of mentality perhaps blinds us from the tough situations people face, but someday it will catch up to us.