The simple ratio of media supply to media demand in 2005 cannot be intuitively managed by the human cognitive system. There is over 20,000 minutes of mediated content available for every minute to be consumed. That is not a human-scale cognitive challenge; it is one in which humans will inevitably turn to the increasingly intelligent digital technologies that created the abundance in the first place: namely, search engines, recommendation systems, and collaborative filters.
In the long sweep of history, the failures of money seem trivial in comparison with its triumphs, mere incidents on the road of financial innovation that leads to universal prosperity. Yet the failures have been extremely damaging to the generations that experienced them.