Off the keyboard of RE
Published on the Doomstead Diner on October 5, 2014
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I've spent the better part of the last decade Blogging Collapse. It's the Gift that Keeps on Giving, not a day or week goes by that something ever more egregious occurs in the Global Theatre, there is NEVER a shortage of Collapse stories to write on or examine. Right now for example, ongoing we have:
1- Ebola Rising
2- Hong Kong Occupy
3- Oil Prices Collapsing
5- Ruskie Sanctions
6- CA Drought
And those are just the relatively new ones! Fukushima hasn't stopped Nuke Puking into the Pacific, a few dozen new species go extinct every week and the number of people on SNAP Cards inexorably climbs while the number of people in the workforce inexorably declines. The Greeks are about to Default (AGAIN!) too.
As a Blogger, you can randomly just pick one of the topics out of a hat and there is something to write about and examine on any given day. With this explosion of collapse topics, you would think that this would translate to an explosion of Blogs and Bloggers writing about them, but the exact opposite is true. The longer this goes on, the fewer people who write on them there are, and of those that do, the less often they publish.
Some of the folks I used to read regularly like Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh) of The Automatic Earth almost never publish anything new. Other folks like George Mobus of Question Everything have turned towards topics of a theoretical nature that interest them, but are only tangentially related to collapse if at all.
Here on the Diner, my fellow Bloggers Lucid Dreams of Epiphany Now and William Hunter Duncan of Off the Grid in Minneapolis just about never publish anymore, concerned more with their own daily lives than the Big Problems of the world. Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves still publishes occassionally, but his Blogs come sporadically, maybe one a month.
Discussion in the commentary of some Blogs and on Forums is settled into a kind of formula for each place and is generally entirely predictable wherever you go, if you have been following collapse for any length of time anyhow.
Why is this? It's obviously not due to a shortage of topics, that is for sure. The most obvious reasons to me are Collapse Overload TM on the part of the readers and commentariat, and Collapse Burnout TM on the part of the Bloggers. It's been going on so long now that anyone concerned with these topics has pretty much shot their wad on their own opinions and ideas and has read everything anyone else had to say about it, formed their own opinion on where it is going and what it means, and now is just living their life as best they can in the face of it.
For the most part this means finding or keeping a job and continuing to scratch out a living in the industrial economy. Only a few people can afford to build their own Doomsteads © and try to become at least partially self-sufficient, and even that idea gets bollixed up by changing climate and precipitation patterns. Diner Eddie who has a Doomstead © in Texas is quite aware that the progressing drought there makes that place likely unsustainable in the medium to long term.
Besides Collapse Overload TM & Collapse Burnout TM in the long time Cognoscenti of Collapse TM is the more serious problem of Collapse Frustration TM. For Doomophiles TM, after years of jawboning Doom & Collapse on the net, the apparent inability to actually DO anything about it or even get the large majority of the population with their noses stuck in their I-Phones to even realize it is occurring leads many Doomers TM to throw up their hands and just give up! Why bother talking about it or even DOING anything about it, because we are so seriously fucked here nothing makes a difference anyhow!
This is the meme over on Guy McPherson's Nature Bats Last, where the Batters there have drawn the conclusion that not only are we economically fucked but we are all Doomed to Near Term Human Extinction by the now updated date of 2030. Definitely, if we are all going to be extinct by 2030, there is not a whole lot of point to be blogging anymore, start working on your Bucket List instead!
The fact so many Bloggers have succumbed to Collapse Overload TM & Collapse Burnout TM is actually a benefit for the Doomstead Diner ©, since newbies seeking out information about Collapse have fewer places to surf to on a daily basis these days, which translates to an ever rising Alexa Ranking for the Diner! Doom Surfers like the Diner so much they hang out for an amazing 17 Minutes a Day Time on Site now consuming Doom on the Diner! LOL. Most sites are lucky if they can keep short attention span readers on site for even 3 minutes! I personally battle the CO & CB Demons by sprinkling in some humor with the Doom, if you don't look at the Lighter Side of Doom TM, you get Gloomy & Depressed and that makes it hard to keep going.
Besides Humor, the other way to battle against the Depressing Side of Doom is to NOT give in to the idea that everything is HOPELESS and there is nothing you can do, particularly if you are FRNs strapped without a lot of money to set up your own Doomstead ©. There still are many strategies to explore, which is why we created the Non-Profit Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation, at SUN4Living.com. While a case can be made that Collapse is inevitable and things are not going to be improving as time goes by here, there is still plenty to work out in terms of how to deal with it as it does progress. I don't see it as worthwhile to capitulate here as of yet, while the situation looks pretty grim, it is always Darkest Before the Dawn, as the saying goes. Visit with us on SUN to help workout the logistics of a BETTER TOMORROW TM
In any event, the fact so many folks concerned with Collapse have left the stage or just sing the periodic aria has left a huge GAP in Collapse Analysis on the net, and a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for the Diner! At the very least, I have got every good Collapse & Doom Term & Slogan either Trademarked or Copyrighted here! LOL.
The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.
This is not the time to GIVE UP! So what if the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor? Are you going to let a few Dead Phytoplankton get you down? How many people ever born get to live through the Collapse of their Civilization? It's like Winning the LOTTO! Let's get out there and grab this opportunity to build a BETTER TOMORROW TM
NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL WE DECIDE IT IS!
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