The economy is about as poor a blog subject as the weather, isn't it?
So be it, and here's a thought: If matter can neither be created nor destroyed and, aside from a few deep-space probes and some Martian landers, nothing has ever left the grasp of earth's gravity, where does all this economic fluctuation come from?
Still with me? My point is that nothing in the world has materially changed, and yet the whole planet is feeling the effects of the slowing economy. But why? We all still need to eat and clothe ourselves. We all still want someplace warm and dry to live. We all still like to play video games and watch movies and surf internet porn.
Wait.... did I just figure this whole thing out? Could it be that free internet porn has finally crossed that threshold from being a massively wasteful time-sink (not to mention being sinfully deviant) and has now actually achieved a sort of gridlock on the once-productive human populace? Seems plausible to me, given the lack of any other readily observed inputs. It's like a mass extinction, the only other phenomenon that could cause this kind of global effect on humanity, the difference being that there was no ice sheet, volcano or asteroid setting this one off and the casualties are still walking, breathing and consuming Doritos, like Zombies except instead of a single-minded urge to eat brains these walking dead are driven to seek the flat-screen glow of digitized genitalia.
Hey, if you've got a better idea, let's hear it. I guess you could argue that the whole economy is predicated upon the consumption of unnecessary goods that are ultimately harmful to both the people who produce them and those who buy them, and that such a foundation-less system is bound to collapse, but is that really a more likely culprit than porn?
Of course not. Now quit looking at boobies and go buy a car.