I need ideas for a writing assignment for the book Democracy in America. This is the prompt: Tocqueville-ify some odd aspect of American modern life (e.g., gum chewing, teeth whitening). Your job is to discover one, to convince us that it is democratic rather than merely American (something that Tocqueville himself doesn’t always do), and to explain it. The best essays will also imitate Tocqueville’s distinctive style (approx. two pages, or 500 words, submitted through Google classroom and due by 8:30 a.m., NOT BY CLASS).