American mainstream culture is hedonistic, empty and devoid of critical thinking, driven by a singular capitalistic engine. Attention-grabbing sensationalism confirms underlying biases that narrow one’s horizon. Everyone, no matter how poorly informed, feels entitled to have a seat at the table. Opinions are held as truths, pleasure is confused with reason. An “internet influencer’s” dress is front-page news, whereas scientific discoveries and academic breakthroughs draw little or no attention. People consume the empty calories of these curated false gods while becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their lives. Being famous for the sake of being famous is the new nirvana.