Comic strips can often be good resources for driving home a concept. They provide an interruption in the process, and create a mental "exclamation point" for reference. And they give us a chance to show the dismal science doesn't necessarily have to be that way all the time. Yesterday there were three useable comic strips that can be used in discussion of three quite different topics.
First, Dilbert's creator seems to be on one of his occasional side-trips to the imaginary country of Elbonia, which appears to be going through a period of hyperinflation. Change the name of the country to a certain African country that shall remain nameless, but rhymes with Grimbabwe and you may have a few resources to use when discussing inflation.
Second, the comic strip Curtis (courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) gives us an interesting segue for discussing the prioritization of wants and status (as in Thorstein Veblen's conspicuous consumption), as well as something we can use in conjunction with yesterday's post on this blog about Who Pays?
Finally, the cartoon Non-Sequitur may have discovered what triggered the credit crisis - or what might be prolonging it.
Feel free to share your ideas.