ECON2302:Principles of Microeconomics
TheOffice is a hilarious and a fly-on-the-wall documentary that toucheson the lives of typical Americans working at Dunder Mifflin inPennsylvania. Its original producers were Howard Klein, StephenMerchant, Ben Silverman, and Ricky Gervais. The office illustratesthe daily lives of office employees in Pennsylvania. Notably, thisshow is filmed without a laugh track, a studio audience, and hassingle camera setup. Arguably, it is among the most economical showsever shot in the U.S.
Educatorsor producers with the intent of explaining demand and supply have thebest tool for understanding various economic principles. Firstly, theshow is funny and silly at the same time, and despite its minimalism,it connects with its viewers so well. It is easy for one todemonstrate demand and supply through watching one episode of theshow. For instance, Dwight, one of the main characters purchases someinventory of popular Christmas toy, and later sells it toprocrastinating parents at a profit (Dintrone 22). Dwight is incharge of the office and later becomes its landlord. He puts up astructure and makes it a coffee shop in the lobby and calls in atechnician who installs cameras and motion sensors on the lights. Atsome point, Dwight manages to corner Princess Unicorn dolls’market. On the face of it, it is an excellent opportunity fordiscussing the connection between changes in demand and expectedfuture prices. Knowing that as Christmas approaches, the demand forthese dolls would increase is good taste for him and his business(Dintrone 20).
Dintrone,Charles V. TelevisionProgram Master Index: Access to Critical and Historical Informationon 2,273 Shows in Books, Dissertations and Journal Articles., 2014. Print.