Oprah Winfrey Embodies What's Wrong With American Public Life

October 14, 2014 7:03 PM

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Oprah Winfrey Embodies What's Wrong With American Public Life

I've decided that if I were to pick one person who embodies the ersatz character of contemporary American culture, that person would be Oprah Winfrey.

Over the course of her long career, Oprah has stood for much of the best of American public life. In her daytime talk-show heyday, Oprah created space for people to reflect on their inner selves, to connect to big ideas, and to find a point of entry into a shared community of people who were committ...

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