I'm not one for jumping on bandwagons. A traditionalist, I find pop-culture trends silly, childish, ignorant, and boring. The "go green" mania falls into those categories. While I've long considered myself a "conservationist" and am all for being a good steward of our wealth and natural resources, the wacky-ecofreaks have thrown common sense to the wind and actually damaged their "cause." Like so many aspects of American culture, common sense has been jettisoned to benefit the radical politics of a bunch of self-absorbed adult children who've never been disciplined.
But, fads are just that. They soon pass. As "Amercia's Got Talent" has replaced "Survivor" as the must see show for the masses, so too will go the "passion" for "green." Yes, there will be some die-hard hang-ons using "go green" for their reason to exist and bring purpose to their otherwise empty lives, but for most folks something "new" will replace the most recent craze:
"Julie Burchill can't stand them. According to her new book, Not in my Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy, she thinks all environmentalists are po-faced, unsexy, public school alumni who drivel on about the end of the world because they don't want the working classes to have any fun, go on foreign holidays or buy cheap clothes."
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We can only hope the faddish trends in historiography will suffer the same fate.