So, way back in October of 2005, I talked about how the proverbial economic dominoes were falling. At the time, it seemed obvious that the Hurricanes hitting the South during that time were causing the spike in gas prices. I talked about how the rise in home prices was outpacing wages.
When the dominoes finally fell in 2008, I talked about the devaluation of the currency, how difficult it would be for the government to restack the dominoes, and how fiscal conservatives would actually LIKE the current crisis. You see, this would prove their point and give them the opportunity to shrink the size of government. As I said at the time, “Talk about throwing out the baby with the bathwater.” I also expressed my disappointment in the banks for waiting until 2008 to say they would start helping homeowners who were underwater. Talk about waiting too long!
In a recent podcast, I talked about how the bank executives have acted in their own self-interest to preserve their financial empires, at the cost of crushing the middle and lower class. A statistic I heard this week proves the point: after the initial wave of the Great Recession, white families have 20 times more wealth than black families, and 18 times more wealth than white families.
And now, with the government having eaten the housing bubble and financial crisis in 2008 and kicked that can down the road, which multiplies the effect of the bubble, we now see, to quote Obama’s pastor, “The chickens are coming home to roost.” It’s not the end of the world; on twitter, you’d classify this as #1stworldproblems. However, it is the end of an era.
The reason I bring this all up now is that I, as a blogger trying to make my way in the www, am feeling like a lone voice screaming in the forest. What is the point of all this blogging, if the powers-that-be ignore reason, and the masses prefer celebrity culture to truth?
Or, to put it another way: if the DailySkew predicted it and a handful of people read it, was the world warned?
Or, to push the boundaries of this thought a little further: if the only people who are listened to and read in the mainstream are those with marketing skills, should we trust anything we read?
I have striven to be honest with my opinions here at the DailySkew. Even when writing parodies or satirical pieces, there is truth embedded in the words. Yet, being honest doesn’t cut it. If you want to be heard, you have to be able to market yourself. I learned that lesson listening to the great Harlan Ellison at a convention many years ago. However, I have hard-headedly pushed my “Honest” agenda.
So, the honest who can’t sell their way out of a paper bag (i.e., me) are naturally shut out of these types of discussions in the mainstream. You must learn to sell your thoughts in order to be heard.
Yet … to make a thought salable, you must make concessions to the truth. You have to sprinkle the sugar on top. You have to filter. You have to build to the pitch.
I have been writing for people who rise above that nonsense for years now. That means I have an audience that I can count on one hand. At least you were warned, and you took precautions.
For all the rest who happen upon this blog, consider my words in the future, and donate to a good cause.