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A handful of elite media executives no longer have the power to control the narrative.
The Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers grew up at a time when their formative experiences in life were shaped by conflict with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and later the Civil Rights Movement.
The postwar boom combined with immigration restriction had created flush times in an the United States by the 1960s.
This was the context of the social experiments of that transformative decade.
They had beaten the Great Depression, the Axis Powers and were racing the Soviets to put a man on the moon.
There was this naive mindset at the time that America could do anything.
The Jamelle Bouies and Ta-Nehisi Coates will never be able to play the race card as effectively as their predecessors.
This is how we got the War on Racism, the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty.
In retrospect, this was an unusual period in American history when the mass media had been concentrated in a few hands and was trusted because journalists were considered to be objective.
Usually, these episodes are followed by a longer period of retrenchment (the Antebellum era and the Jim Crow South), but the Cold War stretched the last major conflict out for two generations.
The Greatest Generation which enacted the sweeping changes of the 1960s overwhelmingly trusted the federal government.