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A documentary on the financial crisis, based on my book Meltdown, is in the works. The working title has been The Panic of 2008, but we think that makes it sound too much like a work of history. The film will discuss future prospects for the U.S. economy as well, informed by Austrian insights.
Any snappy titles you might suggest would be welcome!
The word "panic" should definitely be in the title.
Here are my suggestions:
The Amazing Panic
To paraphrase Marc Faber: We're all doomed, but that doesn't mean that we can't make money in the process.
Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."
The Rise of Dystopia
I could go on but obviously I am introducing the word Dystopia to the discussion...
Collapse 2008: the End of Liberty
I think you should actually call it The Panic of 2008. It gives it a sense of authority by not trying to appeal to popular emotion. Plus, the word "panic" is enough to draw the attention. It needs to appear scholarly, not sensationalized.
But do you see what he's getting at? I completely agree it sounds "historical". I guarantee you calling "[anything] 2008" and you'll have people not be interested because they'll think "I know what happened. I don't need to relive it. It's old news. I'm tired of dealing with it. Move on dot org."
I'm sorry, but you need to be more striking than that. Inside Job won an Oscar. (Granted, that has more to do with it bashing the free market than being popular, but the point is, it was popular, and the title helped that.) It let's people know they're going to be getting new information. People need to have a reason to watch something about a subject they think they already know everything there is to know.
I don't think people are understanding this. Check out Tom's post and see the comments. You have a few good ones in there, but most of them are either jokes or basically the same kind of title he's trying to get away from.
Forgive if this is a silly question, but what's wrong with calling the documentary 'Meltdown' ?
Where there is no property there is no justice; a proposition as certain as any demonstration in Euclid
Fools! not to see that what they madly desire would be a calamity to them as no hands but their own could bring
I said they should call it:
"McMoney: The Panic of 2008"
"The Austrian Explanation of the Financial Crisis"
And Nero wins most boring title of all :P
DON"T PANIC!!!! DON"T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
Perpetual Panic (main title). Had a subtitle, but clicked another thread and immediately forgot it, but something like Perpetual Panic: The Continual Meltdown of our Economy or to that extent. Had a better one, but forgot...
I feel the word "perpetual" works just as the way "continual" will work in a subtitle; psychological or emotionally it can trigger something, that it's a state of decay, never ending, but regardless it must be known and solved. I also feel with the word perpetual, as well as continual, it sort of has past, present, and future context to it, that's it's cyclical. This gives the documentary more room in explaining what led to this, the current situation, and what to expect instead of being stuck to one time. The documentary shouldn't be some historical work, it should be a learning process for it's viewers who are unaware or less educated in econ theory. What they take away from it they should be able to apply to past and future econ problems. With this they should understand and know how to work with and in this perpetual panic and apply the right actions - individual and gov't policy - into perpetual prosperiety.
(If my title is used I'd like signed copies of Tom Wood's books please.)
Wheylous:And Nero wins most boring title of all :P
Thank you. A title is supposed to be descriptive. It's for people who aren't already into Austrian economics. Generic titles would just as well apply to a Keynesian or Zeitgeist documentary about the economic crisis. It is important not to bury the lead.
Meltdown: The Untold Story of the 2008 Global Panic
Meltdown seems to be popular in this thread but it is a term that sort of absovles responsibilty. When you think of a "meltdown" do you envision some deliberate immoral act, something that just happened, or some kind of inherent failure?
Easy Money, Hard Landing
Soft Money, Hard Landing
Fast Money, Slow Recovery
Fast Money, Faster Talk
Ignorance Made Law
Fed & Friends Goofy Cash Dance Decade Extravaganza
The Anarch is to the Anarchist what the Monarch is to the Monarchist.
Recession: It was the Government what done it.
Great Depression 2: Electric Boogaloo
Jargon, I like yours. What about, "Meltdown: How Easy Money Turned Into A Hard Landing"?
I'm for it. Maybe something less wordy? "Meltdown: How Easy Money Made a Hard Landing"?
Ha, I liked this one from Tom's website:
- Meltdown 2008: Feds - I Win; Bails - You Lose.
Too Big to succeed
The Keynesian Collapse
^ following up with that ^
Too Little to Succeed when forced to bail out Too Big to Fail.
I have been looking forward to this doc for ages now.
I like Keynesian Collapse.