A Recession is when your neighbor loses her job,
A Depression is when you lose yours.
As the economic downturn continues, a lot of people have started to wonder if we’re heading into a Depression. Teevee shows, when they bring it up at all, usually prefer the term “D Word” so as not to scare anyone. Should we be scared?
We’ve heard of all kinds of “bubbles”, or market excesses. We had a tech bubble when people thought stocks like amazon.com were actually worth a lot. We had a real estate bubble where the market was willing to run up housing prices beyond what was reasonable. Why do we do this? Apparently, it’s what we do as a people – over-do.
One of the many smaller bubbles that make up our world of great excess is a bubble in writing. With blogs like this one, twitter, and all the other ways that a keyboard becomes a connection, writing is generated spontaneously in ways that would amaze anyone from the printing age of a few decades ago.
Munchie wasn’t a bad cat, but he had a reputation. His name probably came from his habit of jumping up on counters and tables, eating anything that was left out. Bread, crackers, you name it – all for Munchie. When his second or third family were moving, Munchie was handed off yet again. Cristy took in the tall and lanky longhaired cat thinking that she’d find a permanent home later, especially after seeing how her two girl cats took to having a large, mischievous Tom around. They weren’t exactly thrilled. Neither was Munchie, who had a tendency to be crazy all night long, running and yowling.
Before going to bed, I look over my novel in progress. Just a few edits, a few places where edits should be, and other notes to myself and I can go to sleep. That’s what I need. Then, when the clock strikes three and the world is dark, I wake up and check it again. What was I thinking? I can’t do this, I’m not anywhere near good enough.
Citizen Journalism is a hot topic, and for a good reason. If the internet is going to live up to its promise of connecting people, the methods and tools for reporting on our lives have to be distributed to the people. That’s Jay Rosen of NYU’s definition of Citizen Journalism