It would appear to some that as a society we are becoming increasingly narcissistic.
I ask the following question: is this really so, or is it simply that with ease of communications it is becoming easier to appeal to and exploit our inherent narcissism?
Since communicating ideas is now so cheap, we can fill those communications channels with information about individuals, rather than notices that affect the community as whole. When communication was expensive, communicating details about one or another person was viewed as vain. It no longer need be so.
Just a thought.