Dir. Charlres Ferguson
(2010, PG-13, 108 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

Some weeks ago I listened to an eye-opening podcast of This American Life that explained economics with a startling revelation: money isn’t real. Though I’m oversimplifying a complex issue, the value of money is, in a sense, a lie agreed upon ever since the US left the gold standard. That’s why consumer confidence is so important to a functioning economy – when you exchange a dollar for goods or services, you are engaged in a tacit agreement that those goods and services are worth the value known as “dollar,” and that that dollar is represented by the slip of paper in your hand with the green ink and numbers on it. Maybe, psychologically speaking, that’s part of the reason the financial crisis happened; in the information age, those slips of paper have largely been replaced by sequences of digits and decimal places on someone’s hard drive, less tangible even than Monopoly money, so it’s easy to become divorced from the practical consequences of what you do with those decimals. Except, of course, in the real world, when you play around with money, there are real people in the houses and hotels … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.

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