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Pricing Bubbles in "South Park"

by Charity-Joy Acchiardo

In the first 3 minutes of South Park’s “Margaritaville” (Season 13, Episode 3), Kenny loses his money when a banker invests in the wrong fund. An economic crisis sweeps South Park and the nation, as one bank after the other closes down, people get laid off work and families are increasingly careful with their money. Kenny’s father, Stuart, argues that the recession is due to errors in consumer decision making, that consumers are blinded by materialism, even as he himself uses a luxury good which he subsequently returns. The clip illustrates the notion that psychological factors matter even at market levels.

Pricing Bubbles in "South Park"

Kenny loses his money when a banker invests in the wrong fund. An economic crisis sweeps South Park and the nation. Kenny's father argues the recession is due to errors in consumer decision making, while he uses a product he subsequently returns.

from South Park (2009)
Creator: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Distributor: Comedy Central
Posted by Charity-Joy Acchiardo
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