Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Book Sighting: Meltdown

My first meeting this morning was at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.

In the lobby, I spotted a middle age Filipino woman reading Tom Woods' book, Meltdown. She was about halfway into the book. I went up to her, introduced myself and asked here what she thought of the book. With a slight accent she replied, "Very realistic."

I asked her how she heard about the book. "Through a web site," she said.

1 comment:

  1. Wenzel,

    I'll share with you a sighting of my own-- there is an online first-person shooter game called "Team Fortress 2." You can pick your own name and small icon to go with your name to represent you in the game on the scoreboard.

    One of the players had picked "Ben Bernanke" and had used an official headshot pic of the central banker as his icon.

    Game players are typically trying to "one up" each other with silly names and references in their games. It seems telling that trying to represent oneself as Ben Bernanke is considered to be common enough, and funny enough, that a gamer would pick that out of all the other obscene and immature alternatives available to him.

    Could be meaningless. Or it could be that there is a growing awareness and resentment of central banking amongst America's younger population...