Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tutorial Seeking the Right Audience

Reposting from EconViz Blog:

How the Economy Works — a Visual Tutorial seeks the right audience of would-be learners. This seems most likely to be:
  1. People who would like to learn more about the nuts and bolts of how the economy works and some of the things wrong with conventional wisdom, but don't have the time or patience for the econoblogosphere, academic papers, or textbooks.
  2. Newcomers to MMT interested in a "quick start" overview before delving deeper into the core MMT material available at Mosler Economics, Billy Blog, Economics Perspective from Kansas City, etc.
The feedback a few months ago when I put the first draft online was positive and responses suggested the material worthy of recommending to others. (And I have been attempting improvements ever since, though the core set of topics/pages covered has not changed, so you probably won't see much that's new if you've already gone through it).

So lest it just gather dust, please consider passing the link on to interested friends / family / etc if you believe doing so could be beneficial. I hope at least a few will use the variety of available mechanisms to give feedback on which parts are easy to understand and which parts still need more clarity... and optimizing the content as I get feedback will be an ongoing project for me.


Some people requested more breadth and depth of content. I still hope to cover many more topics (an aspirational roadmap is here) using current and new visualization mechanisms, but given the time involved in producing multimedia content like this, I don’t want to get too far ahead of having an audience for the content. The good news is with the content platform improving by the month as I tweak it, future content will be less time consuming to create.

Of course I know I have to do some work to promote this content too, and do have a few ideas on where to start. But I’d be glad to hear suggestions.

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