Dick Meyer, NPR's new editorial director of digital media, has authored a new book, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium. In it he rails against how our consumer culture has overemphasized the role and importance of personal choice. He writes:
We accepted, naively, a bill of goods about how one forges an identity and happiness in life. And it doesn't come in a vacuum — it comes in a community with the help of others.