Financial institutions have a leg-up on the American populace because economics are difficult to understand. They’re also kind of boring, and Americans love to be entertained. We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss is a series of short films that attempt to use entertainment as means of educating people about the economy. Funny or Die has released two animated shorts from the anthology: “The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas” directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and “GDP Smackdown” by Chris Henchy (writer on The Campaign).
These are interesting shorts, but they unintentionally reveal another problem in America: confirmation bias. For example, those who deny income inequality exists in America or that any solution is “socialism” won’t be swayed by McKay’s short. There’s no argument that can upset their worldview. These shorts may use entertainment to convey economic facts, but in America, the only “facts” we want are the ones that don’t make us reconsider the world. Hit the jump to check out the short films. We the Economy is now available on multiple platforms.