I tend to come up with crazy, completely unresearched theories on why things happen the way they do. This seems like as good a place as any to post some (of the more appropriate) of them. So, I will post a few and if you have one (or more) post them.
1) Why Facebook/Reality TV is Popular
-People are inherently nosy (like my wife) and want to see what others are doing without the consequences of actually asking.
-People are inherently narcissistic. Facebook and (especially) reality TV might be the zenith of narcissism.
2) The "Recession" is actually an economic correction from an unrealistic economic system and more accurately reflects nations financial strength.
-Again, I have no actual training in economics, but this seems reasonable to me. People were (and still are) living out of their means (aka...the housing bubble/crisis and the credit disaster). The system simply couldn't handle the debt load, and so it fell apart. If someone more schooled in Econ 101 can disprove this, I would be much obliged (so that I don't sound like an idiot)
3) Music fans are more interested in impressing others with their knowledge than actually liking music.
-This has been happening for years. But, with the internet and Indie movement, it has gone to ridiculous proportions. This applies to a ton of things (Wes Anderson movies, various TV shows, etc...)