You know a phenomenon isn’t so bad when the Usual Punditry won’t shut the fuck up about it – and so it is with the current Economic Freefall Meltdown Dollarpacolypse. I’m here to tell you this: the mainstream media hasn’t been right about anything in over a decade, and they aren’t right about this. Yes, I’ve read the facts and figures, I’ve seen all the graphs, I know people personally who are suffering with job loss and I’m not immune to the feeling that there is some fundamental change afoot.
However, I’m DONE with the shrieking, the furious wheel-spinning, the skyward beseeching, the rending of garments, the spittle, the End Times porn, and the phrases “uncharted territory” and “worst ever”. There’s something fishy about all this self-flagellation and masochistic simmering in misery, even if I can’t put my finger on it. Tessa remarked that it was reminding her of Y2K, and while I agree, I can’t help but think a select group of people are leveraging our doom for their benefit, the same way it was done after 9/11.
Let’s talk brass tacks here: there are several levels of “you’re fucked” and they all have solutions. At most, it means harboring an extra layer of worry on top of the jobs we still have. At piss-poor least, it means having a good stack of canned goods, some Sterno, and fresh drinking water – which is a good idea regardless of the economy, especially if you live on the San Andreas Fault.
Everything in between is doable with a strong family and good neighbors, but anything outside those parameters? Sorry, but none of us can handle it. If you hark the cassandras, we should be growing our own barley and salt-curing our own gazelle meat. I mean, I’m sorry, but kindly fuck off. That kind of talk merely makes the majority want to play more Wii.
The mainstream news outlets have one guiding principle: money. Right, no duh, but you have to keep it in mind even when they think they’re being sincere. In the last decade, what has sold more papers, and kept more eyes glued to the television?
– the dot-com bubble bursting
– The Iraq War
– white girls who go missing
– the 2008 Presidential election
In each case, we were given misinformation, groundless conjecture, and a horrific warping of the American dialogue in order to keep the crisis going on as long as possible. Think of the lies about the war. Think of how they propped up Hillary Clinton to tear down Obama for months, LONG after the Democratic nomination had already been decided. The sickest thing is they probably don’t even know they’re doing it.
I promise you, somebody is gaining power, fortune or influence with this financial disaster, and will deliberately keep us in a state of terror. I hear the conservative retort forming before they even say it: “yes, and that somebody is BIG GOVERNMENT™!!!” Well, maybe you’re partially right.
Does this mean Obama’s stimulus package is a mistake? No, because in this pursuit, emotions, unfortunately, are reality – and we’ve gone too far done the rabbit hole to find our way back. Some illnesses call for homeopathic herbs, others for laser surgery.
But for today, I simply ask: amidst the constant barrage of gloom, always consider the source.