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View Of Society In Steven Levitt's Freakonomics

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The ‘Freaky’ View of Society When discussing economics, it can be difficult to make the topic exciting, interesting, or understandable to a populous audience. Steven Levitt understood this challenge, and accepted it head on with cunning wit. He recognized the importance in ‘hooking’ their audience while presenting credible and spectacular data that still could interest the average Joe. His interest in the common man was a part of their mission to inform audiences that the world’s issues are not as black and white as “experts” claim. In the straightforward work “Freakonomics”, Levitt used interrogative sentences, simple language, and anecdotes in order to support their message that the world’s actions are not always caused by the usual suspects. Asking questions is a very important aspect of Levitt’s career, especially asking the questions no one wants to ask such as: “[W]hat sort of future might her [non aborted] child had?” (138), “how much do parents really matter?” (154), and “‘WHY VOTE?’” to change the audience’s thought processing on their surroundings. Even…show more content…
While this book has a title that sounds like a course required to take to be a stock broker on Wall Street, it is nothing from a boring lecture on the economic patterns of the world. Levitt uses stories he has experienced from a military man selling bagels (Ch1) to a drug dealer with a business degree (Ch3). These stories are used for audience relation to their own life situations and how they dealt with them, to show that economics work in the same way. Freakonomics deals with many controversial, strange, and funny topics and how to view them. Even though each chapter seems to have no relation to the previous or next, it always involves a new way of thinking. Levitt did an excellent job in portraying the world as a place of “no offense” with his very unique, but effectively casual writing
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