Fifty years ago, a famous book was published that chronicled the sea change then occurring in society. David Reisman's The Lonely Crowdl made us aware of the decline of concern for the common good and the rise of the search for individual meaning. What was going on at that time was one of the most profound cultural changes that has ever taken place in such a short time. It was not just the beginning of the Me Generation but, it turned out, the beginning of the Me Culture, which continues to this day.
Reed, John W. "In Praise of Thermostats." Int'l Soc'y Barristers Q. 35, no. 4 (2000): 428-34.