We the (Broken and Benighted) Economy

Among the perpetual outpouring of sh*t music videos, mind-numbing buzzfeed articles, and streamable escapist TV series a rare compilation of sheer brilliance has been released for our viewing pleasure using the same medium .
Ladies and gentlemen, We the Economy:

Two production teams, Vulcan Production and Cinelan, have collaborated with 20 renowned film directors to make this collection of 20 shorts, each aiming to illuminate a perhaps confounding or unknown aspect of our American economy, and therefore an intertwined aspect of our American lives.
20 short films, that don’t take any significant amount of time or effort to peruse, but still provide essential information in convenient and very comical ways.
It’s a really nice idea, I like it, and am therefore stamping Abigail’s seal of approval.
In regards to this project, it looks like there are two big names to thank.
Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and an executive producer of Vulcan Productions, as well as Morgan Spurlock, an executive producer of Cinelan and of Super Size Me fame (why don’t we thank Spurlock his effect on the fast food industry as well, their revenues just don’t rise quite like they used to).

Favorite films (1 of 3):

Where was this when the vaguely affecting Affordable Care Act was being put into motion? Just so we’re all clear, our healthcare system needs plenty more work before it can be considered satisfactory,  when comparing it to other systems in the developed world.

So is this release belittling?
Honestly, I do think so.
These 5 chapters (What is the Economy? What is Money? What is the Role of our Government in the Economy? What is Globalization? and What Causes Inequality?) are all basic concepts.
It’s a joke that the American public could be so clueless about such essential information that some outside, unrelated source sees a clear need for this knowledge to be delivered and therefore feels compelled to spend the time, effort, and expense to create a delivery method.

Favorite films (2 of 3):

Don’t worry though. This is not me bashing on the average American.
We are all in the very same boat.
As soon as I achieved that “critical thinking badge” from my university experience and discovered the incredible self-enlightening capabilities of the internet, I realized I’ve been cheated from a quality education (something I am in the pursuit of repairing).
I’ve had some phenomenal teachers and professors who have had profound influences on what I know and the way I think today, but I’m also severely disappointed with my K-12 public education.
There are just too many gaps in the communication of relevant knowledge to be forgivable.
I will not descend too deeply into this pit of forgotten and ignored information, but hopefully you, too, can think back to distinct examples of gaining a more comprehensive understanding of a specific topic, or event in history long after we donned our graduation robes senior year of high school.

And with this, I come the most significant message of this post, perhaps one of the issues I feel strongest about when it comes to human rights: education is the most important tool in the advancement of any society.
Yes, if you’re born in such a prosperous country as the United States, an encompassing and empowering education should be considered a human right.
If our country can afford a military which so severely dwarfs a large assemblage of other countries combined, the least we can expect is that every citizen understands their place on Earth, in history, and in their local economy.

Inspired enough yet? Go on, give the videos a try.
I guarantee they’re both funny and eyeopening, even with their occasional liberal slant. Plus, they’re chock full of popular celebrities, which is always fun.

Favorite films (3 of 3):

I fangirl-ed over this one, Werner Herzog has become an odd favorite of mine… what can I say, his eccentric character and often bizarre subject of film is very captivating, something I say much more about here.

Until next time,
Abigail

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