American Pop Culture has to (over) do things to death, before they/we can move on to the next big thing. The "thing" for the past 3 months or so has been "no matter how bad it gets it's better than expected". Pop culture has now worn that out and we'll move on to the next big thing.
Perhaps the next big thing will be "No matter how bad it gets, there's no bottom to this economy, employment rates, or the market" If that catches on, well then, we will see the correction of a lifetime - a real market cleanser. This next big thing will likely be accompanied by another next big thing "No spending on anything except bare essentials".
"Everyone" was predicting a "recovery" in 2nd-half 2009.. guess what, it's here, there is no "recovery" unless you change the meaning of the word recovery. Things still getting worse, just pace has slowed. So now "everyone" says we need to worry about 2010. All those billions in T-bills being sold this week, next week, next next week, next next next next week, next next next next next week, and every week for about 10 years to cover the banks losses. can't deny reality forever, usually only for 6-9 months, never for 9-18 months can it be ignored.