One hundred years ago, Americans felt much the same way. Especially
in the cities, people experienced the turn of the century as a
time of dynamic, frightening and exciting change. They celebrated
the possibilities of self making,
and the man who went from "rags to riches."
But this very mobility was worrisome.
It was a crowded world, crowded with people, with ads, with information.
So many different people, so many new technologies; new dangers
and new possibilities. The news, the
ads, the streets were full of it: how could you tell what
was valuable, what would last, from trash and fads? Who could
you count on?