When the raised middle finger became a salute may have been the moment the momentum of aggregated self-indulgence crested, and we began our final decline. When rappers and others started flipping off the camera, making "screw you" the desultory greeting of a generation, the Apocalypse had to be near. It had better be, preferable as it is to the hell of mediocrity that the culture of the raised finger represents.
You may have seen the wishful-thinking joke below. What I'd like to draw your attention to is the contrast in Bush's body language. He's giving the thumbs up, but his expression and posture are giving us the finger (click on to enlarge):
He might as well have a gun in his hand. Of course, there's this gem:
I'm so proud.