An article from the website Daily Finance considers the influence of popular conceptions of the Great Depression on perceptions of the current global economic downturn and compares the crises past and present.
“The problem is that Walker Evans' and Dorothea Lange's famous images of the Great Depression don't just document an economic meltdown but they also chronicle a whole world that no longer exists. In 1929, the first credit card was still 21 years in the future, and computers were largely theoretical. When people wanted money, they stood in line at the bank, and when they wanted to apply for a job, they stood in line at an employment agency. Online job applications, debit-card food stamp programs and wasted suburban neighborhoods were the stuff of science fiction.”