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economic crisis

An economic crisis occurs whenever inflation, unemployment, or other factors seriously affects an economy in a negative manner. In the blogosphere, writers may consider a recession or a financial crisis synonymous with an economic crisis. The economic crisis of 2007 to 2010 occurred with the bursting of a "housing bubble" in the real estate market. This economic crisis coincided with ... Read More »


In the blogosphere a rant refers to highly derogatory or critical comments regarding a specific issue or subject. A rant is usually quite subjective in nature, and can be about just about anything — from a rant against big government to TV coverage of the Olympics. You can find sports related rants at Bleacher Report or movie related rants at ... Read More »


Economics attempts to explain how the behavior of consumers, businesses, and governments affect unemployment, inflation, interest rates, and Gross National Product (GNP). GNP here means the value of all goods and services produced by a country over a specific period of time. Based upon changes in GNP or government spending, for instance, economics helps to estimate the positive or negative ... Read More »


Indie typically applies to rock music that is outside of the rock mainstream and is not affiliated with a major record label, hence "independent." Some indie groups actually enjoy significant followings and critical acclaim. Music blogs such as Stereogum and Indie Rock Cafe focus on this genre along with "alternative" rock and other emerging rock music. Indie (independent) films (see ... Read More »

financial crisis

Financial crisis can refer to any significant economic instability due to inflation, foreign currency fluctuations, bank panics, stock market crashes, or government defaults on debt. The financial crisis of 2007-2010 refers to the widespread failure of banks and banking systems worldwide during the recession that started in the United States in the Fall of 2007. The financial crisis was precipitated ... Read More »


Since approximately 2005 "green" has gained popular acceptance as a term to describe products and processes that are ecologically sound, "sustainable" or environmentally friendly because they do not pollute the environment, and are not toxic to people. Worldchanging: Bright Green is a blog founded with a focus on publicizing green solutions to environmental problems. The environmental movement that began in ... Read More »


A recession is an economic downturn that lasts for at least six months, but does not have the duration and severity of an economic depression. Recessions are typically accompanied by increases in unemployment and a decline in the stock market. Unemployment increases as college graduates enter the job market and cannot find jobs, employees are laid off due to reduced ... Read More »