At the online hub for Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have expanded upon their 2005 bestselling book of the same name — with a blog, radio show, and more.
Until 2005, the words ‘economics’ and ‘fun’ were unlikely to be found in the same sentence. Economics was seen as a dry, technical, mathematical discipline: the preserve of driven businessmen, greedy bankers and staid Treasury officials. Fun was its opposite: spontaneous enjoyment available to regular people.
The publication of Freakonomics in 2005 changed all that. Steven Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Dubner, a New York Times journalist, somehow gave economics popular appeal. So far the book has sold over four million copies worldwide. In 2011, a sequel, Superfreakonomics, was published and there is also a Freakonomics blog linked to the New York Times website.
“Freakonomics” the movie
Like every other Best Seller We also have a movie based upon the bestselling book written by steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, “Freakonomics” the film is an omnibus of shorts, where different filmmakers adapt a segment of the book for their respective sections, and then putting them all together into a feature length documentary.
Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies.
Freakonomics is one of those films that tries to make a complex subject accessible to a mainstream audience. Here, there subject in question is economics, and how it is everywhere. Although trying to reach a wider audience in a fun way we can relate to is admirable, it can’t avoid a patronizing tone. Still, there are lots of interesting parts to this documentary. It’s split into a number of sections, with each section helmed by a familiar documentary filmmaker. This allows for a number of fun and interesting style to be put on display. As we delve into the world of economics, this all feels like a few great bits in an overambitious whole. Each segment has a fascinating topic, and one that could be explored at full length. Corruption and murder in sumo wrestling, how our names affect our lives, and how abortion may have helped to reduce the crime rate. All great subjects that are handled with kid gloves.
The big question is do you want India’s Demonetization be taken up as a Case Study by Freakonomics ?
sources: Freakonomics on Discover
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