Of late, I have been reading Nietzsche, who, except for perhaps one random mention, barely acknowledges anything American. My favorite of his philosophical determinations from Beyond Good and Evil: "The Herd." From which we may derive "the herd mentality."
Now try out this article from The Chronicle Review concerning the American institutionalizing of mediocrity--especially education.
Then I was sent this article from The Weekly Standard, a laugh-a-minute take on Facebook. Is everything in our life inherently interesting? Must we all be on display?
Both articles point to the mind-numbing truth of our contemporary existence. Is a blog going to help? A posting on my "wall"?
What would Nietzsche say?