Game theory in movies

Remember the movie Footloose? My apologies to anyone in advance who’d managed to forget it, but I need you to reactive those brain cells right now. Because I just stumbled upon something incredibly cool — a site that indexes examples of game theory as represented in popular culture: Movies, television, books and music.

Who knew that by watching Footloose, we were getting the following lesson:

A game of chicken on a narrow road, with ditches on each side for effect, and riding tractors. A stuck shoe lace demonstrates commitment.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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