than long-term commitments; swift changes in ways of doing things; and consumer-driven decision making in business, government entertainment, and other aspects of life.
Part I considers 1960-1966 as years when modern times flourished and then quickly began to fade. Part II, treating 1967-1974, describes challenges to the ideals and values of modem times and examines cultural transitions that began to remake America. Part III portrays 1975-1980 as years of uncertainty when cultural transitions became cultural standoffs and seeds of postmodern times took root. Part IV describes 1981-1990 as years when postmodern conditions broadened their influence. Because the dividing lines between these periods are in most instances artificial, we shall cross them occasionally to maintain the narrative.