Does Hollywood promote poverty thinking because it’s fun to watch or as a social engineering tool? I’m not talking advertisements; I’m talking in the TV sitcoms. The Jeffersons and Fresh Prince of Bel Air are the last shows I remember showing people bettering themselves through working. Then there are all the shows making fun of people with money (anything with Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie). I guess that tradition goes clear back to the Beverly Hillbillies. The working poor are great (Reba) and the rich are mean or stupid (Martha Stewart). I’m getting really tired of them trying to teach my kids that it’s okay to live paycheck to paycheck. I want them to do better than that.
Again, the non-economics homework talk is at Celebrating 40.