One of the main things preventing Americans from realizing how bad things are is commercials, which continually portray a world unaffected by the accelerating economic collapse. One of the worst in this regard is the current one by American Family Insurance, which starts out by saying that "your American dream is out there," or some such garbage. The entire commercial is filled with images from better times, before British economic policies started reversing FDR's economic recovery. The fact is that nightmares are out there, and that dreams are on the screen.
Another perspective on this is that it's intended to cultivate the escapist mindset which is part of the 8th Sphere agenda.