Well, I don't know about YOU, but 18 months into this subprime-crisis-turned-banking-crisis-turned-financial-crisis-turned-economic-crisis I am beginning to suffer from "crisis fatigue."
A sort of "seen it - done it - bought the t-shirt" feeling. I really would like to get another t-shirt now, IF you get my drift.
Financial disaster headlines are swishing across the tickers without raising my eyebrows, let alone anybody else's, and the ever-longer tail of zeroes attached to news about banking losses, collapses or rescue plans stopped making my head spin.
To put it mildly: I for one would be more than happy to strike words like "bailout package", "stimulus package", "toxic assets" from my personal dictionary FOREVER.
And it seems I am not alone here. The tabloids have moved past our little financial crisis and returned to celeb gossip.
And, on a more cynical note: The German Society for the Protection of the German Language voted for its "UNWORT des Jahres" (the NON-word of the year. Guess what? Germany´s UNWORT of the year 2008 was "notleidende Bank" (which sort of translates into "ailing bank").
Might that be another indication for the fact that BANKERS have dropped right from the list of "maybe not liked, but grudingly respected" to top the list of "most hated and ridiculed".
Of course, the usually oh-so-cool and always respectful Financial Times put it a lot more bluntly and much more scathingly.
"Shoot the bankers and nationalize the banks," wrote their columnist the other day, after yet another Brit bank practically collapsed.
OK, OK .... that MIGHT be just little drastic. Not to mention illegal. But one thing is for sure: The image of the BANKER, the masters of the money and the universe, has been damaged for a long, long time ... maybe ruined altogether. Gone are the days of Gorden-Gekko-Wannabes being looked upon as "cool."