Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 19th Nov 2012 09:15 UTC
In the News Levi Asher offers his free memoir of his rise and fall in the dot-com boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The autobiography covers Asher's twenty-five years in programming: his founding of the oldest ongoing literature website Literary Kicks in 1994, his success with the dot-com website iVillage in 1999 (and its subsequent collapse), and how all this insanity affected his personal life. It's a quick, entertaining read.
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RE[2]: Comment by deathshadow
by zima on Thu 22nd Nov 2012 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by deathshadow"
zima
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Maybe, maybe not?... http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/ratrace.html

Either way, possibly an important factor is what kind of houses people want and/or expect - and they're a bit different than in the past.

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RE[3]: Comment by deathshadow
by Alfman on Thu 22nd Nov 2012 20:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by deathshadow"
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2011-01-28

zima,

"Maybe, maybe not?..."

Regarding inflation: Some prices have gone up. Others have gone down. There is a lot of wiggle room depending on how one chooses to define the CPI. The CPI is supposed to measure the price for maintaining a fixed quality of life, but the fed's been under pressure to manipulate the index for external purposes, which Alan Greenspan notoriously did during his reign over the fed. Here's a link for anyone who's actually interested.

http://www.shadowstats.com/article/consumer_price_index


Your link was from 1996, which is kind of ancient, I'm not sure how relevant it is today. Food prices have spiralled up, housing prices (even after the crash) are unaffordable, cars, gasoline, etc.

I read in the newspaper that our local food prices are up 30% over a two year period. I had already stopped buying things I used to enjoy due to price increases.

http://www.wnd.com/2008/03/59409/


"Either way, possibly an important factor is what kind of houses people want and/or expect - and they're a bit different than in the past"

That's true, but even so I think today's middle class is financially worse off than yesterday's middle class.

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RE[4]: Comment by deathshadow
by kwan_e on Fri 23rd Nov 2012 03:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by deathshadow"
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2007-02-18

The CPI is supposed to measure the price for maintaining a fixed quality of life, but the fed's been under pressure to manipulate the index for external purposes, which Alan Greenspan notoriously did during his reign over the fed.


Economics in general is about manipulating indexes rather than providing anything meaningful. You can see it in some of the commenters on this website, quoting market caps and P/E ratios, thinking they're intelligent, but not realizing that what they're doing is just choosing the numbers than haven't failed miserably yet and then come up with all kinds of bogus reasons just to keep their own anxieties in check.

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RE[4]: Comment by deathshadow
by zima on Sat 24th Nov 2012 10:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by deathshadow"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Your link was from 1996, which is kind of ancient, I'm not sure how relevant it is today. Food prices have spiralled up, housing prices (even after the crash) are unaffordable, cars, gasoline, etc.
[...]
"Either way, possibly an important factor is what kind of houses people want and/or expect - and they're a bit different than in the past"
That's true, but even so I think today's middle class is financially worse off than yesterday's middle class.

The link is from 1996, but its general premise still very much holds - people often have the tendency to look at the past through rose-tinted glasses, that's one of major biases of our memory. Meanwhile, we often get much better bang-for-buck.

BTW, you have rather low car and petrol prices, anyway... And personal anecdote WRT food prices: at least 1.5 year ago they also seemed distinctly lower than in a fairly typical recent EU member state (so a more impoverished place, with much lower wages) - and that in coastal Florida, so also likely not the cheapest of US places.
So, maybe another factor: you're simply starting to feel the more "real" costs of living on this planet (maybe boiling down to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Human_welfare_and_ecological_foot... ), free lunch nearly over.

Edited 2012-11-24 10:08 UTC

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