As we say about men who drive small expensive sports cars, the relationship we have with our mobile phones is implying something unfavorable and comically. Are we using them to show how busy and popular we are?
The global economy is weak and still weakening, while policymakers seem unable or unwilling to marshal a reassuring response. From the United States to Europe to Japan, economies are stagnating, and governments are tightening the straits by cutting back on spending.
As it is, we all have a decent chance of muddling through. Not very satisfying considering our expectations for change we could believe in. But in light of how truly rotten underlying conditions turned out to be, it could easily and always get worse.