Krugman's article “Reckonings; Pursuing Happiness” is the wittiest
articles I have read so far. The humor and tone of the article, compared
to the other article of his we read, really stood out to me. Because
of the sarcastic tone and clever humor, I think Krugman's article
is very effective.
grabs the reader's attention with humor in the first paragraph of
the article. He is making fun of the movie American Beauty
and says it was based on the “original premise that material possessions
don't bring happiness.” He is even being sarcastic with the word “original”.
He then goes on to write, ‘Oh, well. Anyway, not all trite ideas are
wrong.” This is funny because it is true that we hear all the time
that money can't buy happiness and that American Beauty
did receive a huge amount of attention and it was based on this common
the last paragraph, Krugman writes, “Is there any way out of the dilemma?
Well, East Germany had full employment without a rat race—but it fell
a bit short in the life and liberty departments.” This is funny because
it is subtle. The reader needs to know about East Germany and communism's
restrictive ways, but the reader gets the joke if he or she knows
that our county is founded on the ideal of life, liberty and the pursuit
article is witty because he seems to really know what he is talking
about. Paragraphs 6 and 7 demonstrate Krugman's knowledge of the effects
some changes made on society to improve a materialistic “pursuit of
happiness” might have. He specifically talks about increasing minimum
wage and then says we, as the U.S., would end up like the French who
are no happier than we are because unemployment generated by increased
minimum wage is demoralizing.
short, I find Krugman's article to be very effective because it grabs
my attention with its humor, it is witty, and has a sarcastic tone
that takes the issue seriously but makes a point in an interesting