Sorry for the questionable title but hey, it's pretty much what it's about... Does anyone else have the feeling we're on our way to becoming a cultural wasteland? Now that we're in the 21st century and all the people who shaped our culture are gradually dying, It becomes more and more apparent that there's little, if anything of equal substance to fill that void. We were fortunate that the evolution of technology coincided with a flurry of talent that was able to take full advantage of their medium and created a language that was picked up and built upon by those who came after them. Some of these artists not only reflected the times, but helped to define them. More importantly, not only was there style, there was also substance. What is the problem? Do we have too much? Is the business too segmented? Too savvy? Is there too much money involved? Where has all the talent gone? It was noted in another thread that a bunch of young actors are dubbing themseves "The new rat pack". Sure, it's a gimmick, but recycling the old is becoming not only the order of the day, but the status quo. Maybe I just am not looking forward to going to the post office in 30 years and having to choose whether I want to buy buy Wynton Marsalis or Britney Spears postage stamps. Any thoughts?