—Peter Pringle, “Out Of The West: A nihilism for the nineties sweeps America,” The Independent, June 6, 1990
“We’re in an era of non-ism,” said Allison Cohen of the New York advertising firm Ally & Gargano.
—Pat Widder, “Baby Boomers are growing less tolerant of risks,” Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1992
Each symbol has the power to signify class distinction and personal identity. Each is a thread in the skein of Puritanism that has always run through American life, periodically pulling the fabric taut.
“The most virulent non-ism grows out of, or even coincides with, eras of easy money and indulgence,” said Dr. Stuart Ewen, a professor of communications at Hunter College.
—Molly O‘Neill, “Words to Survive Life With: None of This, None of That,” The New York Times, May 27, 1990