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Lasting cultural impact of financial meltdown remains tough to gauge

Published 09/27/2009, Associated Press

The economy is really bad, Jay Leno told his “Tonight Show” audience in March. How bad? “So bad that on ’Sesame Street,’ they won’t even talk about the letters A, I or G anymore.” Counting jokes is straightforward enough. It’s a lot harder, of course, to gauge the more subtle ways in which the Great Recession has impacted our culture: How we interact, how we entertain ourselves, how we worship, what we wear and buy and read and watch.

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