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The Seen and the Unseen En Scene: Visual Representations of Economics

Lehe, Lewis James (2010) The Seen and the Unseen En Scene: Visual Representations of Economics. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Recent developments in economic theories of voter behavior have questioned the assumption that voters are rational. This paper analyzes how visual representation—in media and in thought—can engender misconceptions about political economy and preclude remedies to these misconceptions. I review Michael Moore's 1989 comedy-documentary Roger and Me, which treats layoffs at General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan, as well as "The Broken Window" from Frederic Bastiat's essay "The Seen and the Unseen." I argue linear narrative and the use of images as evidence undermine the consideration of the opportunity costs and widely-distributed effects of economic phenomena and thereby enhance the case for make-work.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lehe, Lewis Jameslewis500@gmail.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWolfe, Katherinekwolfe@pitt.eduKWOLFE
Committee MemberMaloy, Jamesmaloy@pitt.eduMALOY
Committee MemberCassing, Shirleycassing@pitt.eduCASSING
Committee MemberZavala, Willzavala@pghfilmmakers.com
Date: 18 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 28 April 2010
Approval Date: 18 May 2010
Submission Date: 30 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: documentary; economics; film; media; politics; public opinion; video
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04302010-174933/, etd-04302010-174933
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7748

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