Is the pressure to care about this issue actually making people less interested?

This article titled “Fiscal cliff fatigue? You’re not alone” was written by Oliver Burkeman, for The Guardian on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 14.30 UTC

If aliens on distant planets are capable of monitoring news broadcasts here on earth, the last few days must have struck them as emotionally draining. The world, according to nearly every media outlet, spent the new year watching in agony as the American economy lurched towards the “fiscal cliff”. Hour by hour, the rollercoaster of negotiations in Washington carried us to the heights of hope, before plunging us back into gloom. Now that a messy half-solution has been cobbled together, we’re cautiously allowing ourselves to breathe once more, our hearts still racing, as it dawns on us how narrowly catastrophe was averted.

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