As far as I can tell, for now, the phrase ‘middle class values’ basically means avoiding drug use, opening a bank account and having sex missionary style. I’d like for much greater accuracy and transparency for journalists.
Chris asks the time-honored question, that is, what exactly is this middle class we hear so much about. I'm not sure about the "avoiding drug use" part, though, as we know the middlebrow loves its meds.
Not long ago a Boomer-age reporter asked me whether I thought "some middle class parents" might resent their kids for having a cooler lifestyle than they -- with the cell phones and gadgets and all.
Now, we can count any number of reasons this story goes nowhere, but it did get me thinking about what signifies a middle class existence -- surely having a cell phone isn't the best example, as lower-income people often rely on mobile phones as a primary alternative to landline service.
So what do you think makes a person "middle class"?