In between the two great wars, the topic of "the coming peril" was brandied about and all sorts of people addressed it. After the Second World War, the subject narrowed considerably as it became the sole property of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his band of terrible men. But it its heyday, the topic was wide as the world that fretted over it.
One man who addressed the subject was G.K. Chesterton, whose wit and wisdom highlighted his pugnacious Catholicism. The coming crisis, he told listeners in Toronto, was "the intellectual, educational, psychological, artistic overproduction which, equally with economic overproduction, threatened the wellbeing of civilization. People were inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralyzed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them with no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves."
That, I think, is a spot on prophecy. I don't know how he foresaw it, but parents must be blind indeed if they don't see it happening. For goodness sake, people, put a book in the hands of your children. Give them a library card they can be proud of. Take your children to higher ground before this flood of tasteless externals brings on the impotency of thought that Chesterton predicted. If you remain blind, deaf and mentally paralyzed, the day when children lose their ability to create from within is upon us. The peril is on the gadget shelves of a store near you. It has at last arrived.