The “Next America” about which Paul Taylor writes includes inter-generational reliance required in the face of diminishing resources, and apparently examines the roles of members of these extended ‘families’. Income/assets of workers are intended to provide an economic support for member ambitions/expectations (“upward mobility”), but the socio-economic objectives and motivations have changed. What social ‘advancement’ is merited and value-added ‘enrichment’ can be anticipated are seemingly askew. Attention getting is easier within echo chambers of “new news”, but socio-economic gratification has been depressed at the same time that socio-emotional gratification has been amplified. Familiar goals seem unreachable and many young people seem to be headed “down the up escalator” (Barbara Garson). High productivity, enhanced technologically, no longer yields higher general (commercial) prosperity, while extraction of commercial ‘wealth’ and financial industry excess has depressed expectations and exasperated wealth disparity.