Maybe This Is How The Boomers Die?

The sheer number of the "luminaries" of pop culture and politics who have been abruptly ushered off the scene in this sexual harassment purge reminds me of something my dad used to point out about the Hollywood blacklist.  The studios loved the blacklist and used it to avoid having to pay the best writers what they were worth. Apparently quite a few "blacklisted" screenwriters still got work under pseudonyms -- but the studios were then able to pay them entry level wages instead of the big bucks their big names and previous successes should have commanded. 

Watching people like Charlie Rose and John Conyers and Garrison Keillor fall makes me wonder, quite apart from the morality and politics of it all-- if this is how the old guard is finally convinced to retire and make way for young people.