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Old 10-23-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Great article, and every word the truth. I printed it out because I know a few people who are still "delusional" and need to read it. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:58 PM
 
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But this is a digital depression. You can't tell who is on food stamps or who is on unemployment or who is getting housing subsidies, etc. Gone are the days of the paper and lines.

I read on some blog they've dubbed this the iDepression.
It also went on to speculate that because you don't see it happening around you it doesn't exist therefore many people are believing that the recession is over.
Yes this is a very good point.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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But this is a digital depression. You can't tell who is on food stamps or who is on unemployment or who is getting housing subsidies, etc. Gone are the days of the paper and lines.
During the great depression I don't think anyone was on food stamps or unemployment. That is one of the big differences is the social safety nets available today.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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During the great depression I don't think anyone was on food stamps or unemployment. That is one of the big differences is the social safety nets available today.
I meant to compare to the food kitchens and lines for jobs.
The digital age is hiding all visibility and exposure today.

What if folks had to go down to the unemployment office to sign for their checks ?
What if folks had to go down to the county and sign for food stamps ?

Might present a different view of this recession and how bad of an impact it is having on Americans.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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I understand your point, and it is a good one.

Conversely the digital age might be enhancing overall exposure due to the speed and depth of media. In past generations people had word of mouth and whatever newspaper was published locally, now we have hundreds, thousands of media sources at our fingertips presenting different opinions.

They had no economiccollapseblog back then.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I meant to compare to the food kitchens and lines for jobs.
The digital age is hiding all visibility and exposure today.

What if folks had to go down to the unemployment office to sign for their checks ?
What if folks had to go down to the county and sign for food stamps ?

Might present a different view of this recession and how bad of an impact it is having on Americans.
Absolutely. This does not even take into consideration social security and unemployment. How many people would be out in self made camps or on the street if they didn't have anything to pay rent or utilities with?

Everyone I know, including my bil who was a manager but got bumped down to save his job, is watching the pennies very carefully or is out of work or barely getting hours.

There is a good reason for the internet and direct deposit options, for before on the day the checks got mailed the mailman had a police escort to keep the mail from getting stolen, but it gives a much better looking picture than the reality.
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