5 October 2009

So much for the upside

Looking at an upbeat article on "positive news," about how stocks are up and the service sector doing well again, I have to wonder whether we'll ever get a media that reports information that the average person cares about. Are we really supposed to care that companies, having completed massive lay-offs and now hiring people from the long lines of job-seekers at a fraction of the cost, are again on the upswing? Why do we have a financial section in the paper when most of us don't own any stocks to speak of? Why not have a section with graphs showing the rise and fall of vacation benefits or rising wages? We've collectively devolved into a bunch of drunks in front of an idiot-tube, cheering for the steroid-addicted athlete or filthy rich CEO, as if the only reward available exist in virtual reality.

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