By Christopher A. Sawyer
Auto shows are an echo chamber of self importance at nearly every level. From corporate CEOs to journalists scurrying from place to place in hopes of breaking some news, the modern age’s obsession with self runs rampant. This narcissism reached new heights on the GM stand where young women carrying “selfie sticks” offered to let you take your photo with one of the cars on the stand, so you could tweet it out to your friends and followers. And it followed Ford’s use of the giant screens behind the stage in the Joe Louis Arena to reprint the specially hashtagged tweets being sent out by media in the stands; many of which were textbook definitions of the words insipid and vain. The combination was enough to make you believe that you could hear God muttering how he should have left the world to the monkeys.