Yada Yada Yada Econ and Using “Seinfeld” as a Teaching Tool

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Next time someone tells you you’ll never accomplish anything sitting on your ass watching syndicated “Seinfeld” reruns for the bazillionth time, you look them dead in the eye and tell them they’re wrong. You’re not just watching “Seinfeld.” You’re learning economics.

So says a website, reported on last Thursday by Business Week, called Yada Yada Yada Econ, which uses episodes of the classic ’90s sitcom to demonstrate principles of economics. For instance:

“…take “The Sponge,” an episode that Princeton economist Avinash K. Dixit has written an entire paper about. Hearing that her preferred brand of contraceptive sponge is being pulled from the market — creating scarcity — Elaine buys a case of them and begins to hoard her dwindling stash. She starts to think in terms of opportunity cost: Is sex with a current boyfriend worth giving up sex with a future date who might be better? Is he, as she puts it, “sponge-worthy”?

As someone who’s wasted half a lifetime rewatching the same 180 episodes in an endless cycle learning economics through “Seinfeld,” this was incredibly heartening news. And it made me wonder how else the show could be used as a teaching tool. Off the top of my head, I can easily envision academic applications in the following fields:

Sports Management: Future NFL executives learn how to work in the front office of a professional sports team by doing the opposite of everything George Costanza does as the assistant to the traveling secretary for the New York Yankees. And since George only got the job with the Yankees by systematically “doing the opposite” of his base impulses, I’m sure he’d approve.

Medicine: Students in the field of health and healing study “Seinfeld” for invaluable information on the dangers of holistic medicine, proper hygiene techniques and the medicinal value of Junior Mints.

Theology: Judaism? Latvian Orthodox? Festivus? “Seinfeld”‘s got you covered.

So thank you, “Seinfeld,” for teaching us all so much. Who says it’s a show about nothing? Turns out it’s really a show about everything.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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