This is when it pays to use your own eyes and ears.
Certain internet forums have positioned themselves as "alternatives" to the mainstream media and will continue to highlight any doom any gloom they can find.
Don't be surprised by that: there is a big market for doomsaying and it will be filled. A loss of 100 jobs will attract a major headline, but economist projections of unemployment topping out are barely deemed worthy of a mention.
Plenty would like to see a collapse in the world order in the mistaken belief that their lives will become easier as a result.
It's extraordinary to think that against this backdrop of apparent misery, smart stock investors have continued to do what they always do and have made a killing.
The Dow Jones index at close to 14,000 is at double the level that it was at in 2009.