After coming across a couple of examples on the web, I’m starting to become intrigued by comedic responses to the bailout. I’m sure there are hundreds of these videos an comedy segments available, but for now, here a couple:
- Jon Stewart’s “Autoerotic Explanation,” in which the Daily Show host points out the absurdity of Congress bailing out the financial industry at nearly a trillion dollars while being unwilling to provide a more modest $25 billion in funding for the auto industry.
- “Financial Crisis: The Musical,” a Parody & Sons YouTube video about the bailout performed to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Money.” It’s about two months old, but it’s still pretty relevant today, despite the repeated references to McCain’s claim that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” (via Atrios, or NotAtrios as the case may be).
Although the latter video was made before the election, it certainly depicts the ways in which political video will remain a useful tool even in the short break between this election and 2010. If you have any favorite web videos about the economic meltdown, please feel free to drop them in the comments.