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Perth Diary Column For March 8th 2009 Is Online

The Perth Diary column for March 8th 2009 is now online at the Sunday Leader.

Want a teaser? Here you go:

“It’s scaremongering”

Many people have different ideas about the recession. Some think it isn’t occurring at all, or at the very least it does not apply to them or affect them. Others disagree.

One of my friends, another recent university graduate, is sick of hearing about it. She believes that the widespread discussion of it in the media, in government rhetoric and so on is only serving to create fear amongst the public and that well, tampering with the public’s emotions that way is just not at all nice.

I do see her point. It is one thing to report on what is occurring; it is another thing to report the facts and then skew them so that an emotional reaction is created in the audience. However, making information — particularly information seen as vital — accessible to the audience often involves presenting it in a way so as to interest them.

Other people are just confused. On the one hand, if you have accumulated a lot of debt, the best way to deal with everything right now is to pay it off and save and make all your assets, cash based ones. This works at the individual level.

As always go to the Sunday Leader to read more.

Cheers, Marisa

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.

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