The psychology of special offers – cartoon

cartoon - a misleading special offer in a supermarket

A joke showing people being deceived by a special offer in a shop.

The customers see a sign with the special offer of “Two for the price of Three’ and they automatically think that this is a good deal due to the way that the offer is framed (interpreting it in the same way as “Two for the price of three”).
A cartoon about marketing, persuasion, selling, manipulation, misleading offers.

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How to ignore inconvenient truths.

cartoon - television programme about tv manufacturing

A TV viewer wanting to ignore the evidence in a television programme as it would make him uncomfortable.

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A cartoon depicting a person ignoring an inconvenient truth. (The cartoon doesn’t actually imply that all televisions are manufactured in exploitative sweatshop conditions – the use of a tv in the cartoon is because the tv in the image is, ironically, the conduit for the information to be made available).

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Exploitation of factory workers in the developing world

cartoon - toy factory workers being paid toy money

Factory workers in the developing world manufacturing consumer goods for the west, and being exploited.

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The cartoon shows a worker in a toy factory being paid with toy money.

Factory workers in the developing world may actually be paid at a fare wage in terms of the local economy, however there is a complex dynamic of exploitation at work, involving working conditions, safety levels, working hours and more.
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Bankers’ salary and bonus cartoon

banker's salaries and bonuses cartoon

Investment bankers’ bonuses and pay joke

Investment banking humour

Showing a banking job interview.

The interviewer is asking “What is it that attracts you to a career in investment banking?”
A cartoon about the bonus culture in banking and the ethics of banking

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Bankers’ bonuses cartoon

banking cartoon - bankers bonus

Cartoon about bankers’salaries

Illustrating the contempt felt by sections of the public for bankers and other workers in the financial sector who earn enormous salaries with even larger bonuses

The joke in the cartoon is the tautology or circularity in the justification by the banker of his high salary.

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Economics cartoon

finance or economy cartoon

Economy cartoon

A cartoon about finance and economic matters, showing a graph with a banker, businessman or entrepreneur balancing on a unicycle on the graph. The wheel is a coin, symbolising money and financial issues.

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Bank computer malfunction cartoon

bank computer malfunction cartoon

A joke about bank computer failures

A joke about the computer glitches that affect banking systems and other large organisations

The image shows a bank customer withdrawing money from a cashpoint (ATM) and tentacles coming out of the cashpoint to engulf her.
An onlooker is saying “Looks like another computer glitch!”
Cartoon about banking, I.T., Nat West, RBS computer glitch, banking computer systems

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China exports and productivity – cartoon

 china exports and productivity

Cartoon – China productivity and exports

A cartoon about China’s dominance in the global economy and manufacturing

An illustration showing a globe with a label “Made in China” on it

A cartoon about economics, exports, globalisation

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Scientific research funding cartoon

scientific research funding cartoon

Cartoon about the cost of scientific research

A cartoon showing a rocket, labelled ‘Research’ being launched and then stalling after lift off.
The trail of the rocket forms the shape of a £ sign to indicate that the research is ‘powered’ by funding. The implication is that there isn’t enough funding to keep the research in the air

A cartoon about the financing of scientific research projects
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Scientific research project budgets – cartoon

scientific research budget cuts cartoon

Scientific research project budgets – cartoon

A cartoon to illustrate articles about cuts in budgets for scientific research.

The cartoon shows research funding going to a research project that monitors the effects of the cuts in research funding.
The cartoon shows an astronomical observatory that has been closed down due to lack of finance.
This cartoon was originally drawn to illustrate an article in the BBC magazine Knowledge
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US recession cartoon – dollar sign as weakest link in a chain

dollar sign as weakest link in a chain holding the economy - cartoon

US economic crisis cartoon
A dollar sign as the weakest link in a chain that is holding the US economy

A cartoon about the US economy and the weakness of the dollar – showing a dollar sign as a link in a chain.

The dollar sign is the weakest link in the chain.
The image is also about the fiscal cliff threatening the US economy in the new year of 2013, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
A political cartoon about finance, the economy, financial links, currency, burdens on the economy

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US economy cartoon. The dollar as the weakest link

dollar sign as weakest link in chain - illustration

US economic crisis cartoon
A dollar sign as the weakest link in a chain

A cartoon about the US economy and the weakness of the dollar – showing it as a weak link in a chain.
The cartoon is also about the fiscal cliff threatening the US economy in the new year of 2013, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.

The number of links in the chain can be increased on request to make a longer chain
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Fiscal cliff cartoon – the US economy attached to a falling dollar sign

fiscal cliff - car and dollar sign - cartoon

Fiscal cliff cartoon
Cartoon of the US economy attached to a falling dollar sign

A political cartoon or editorial cartoon about the fiscal cliff that is threatening the US economy, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
Cartoon showing a US dollar sign attached to a car’s tow bar, and dangling over a cliff edge (the fiscal cliff)

The car is being driven by Uncle Sam.
The cartoon shows the dollar sign dragging the car towards the edge of the cliff (as the falling dollar drags the US economy into recession).
The illustration is drawn in such a way that there’s a chance that the car might just about be able to turn things around and drag the dollar sign back up
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Fiscal cliff cartoon – road warning sign

fiscal cliff warning road sign cartoon

Fiscal cliff cartoon
Falling rock warning road sign as fiscal cliff warning sign – cartoon

A cartoon about the fiscal cliff that is threatening the US economy, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
The cartoon is of a US road warning sign based on a falling rock warning sign, with US dollar signs falling instead of rocks. A person is being hit by the dollar signs

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Globalisation cartoon – a company logo featuring the earth

globalisation one world motto cartoon

Globalisation and corporate power cartoon

A company logo featuring the earth.
Many companies and corporations attempt to convey a green or environmentally friendly image by featuring images of the earth on their packaging, literature or promotional material
This cartoon shows a company that is using a globe on their corporate logo as a public relations exercise in projecting environmental awareness, while the globe also has the secondary meaning of the company’s global market domination

The company motto is being discussed. Should it be “One World” or “All ours”?

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Economy cartoon – balancing on a declining economy graph

Economy graph cartoon - unicycle with coin wheel

Economics graph cartoon – balancing on a declining economy

A financial graph cartoon showing a businessman or banker on a unicycle trying to balance on the plunging line of the graph as a financial recession occurs

A cartoon about the recession, double dip recessions, balance of trade, finance, money, credit crunch, economics

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Euro crisis graph – editorial illustration

downward graph euro illustration

Eurozone financial crisis graph – editorial illustration

A downward graph with a euro coin bouncing down the slope of the graph during the euro financial crisis.
An illustration of the global recession.

An editorial illustration about finance, and the eurozone financial crisis.

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Global financial crisis graph – editorial illustration

downward financial graph cartoon

Editorial illustration about financial recession – downward graph with a globe bouncing down the slope of the graph.

An illustration about the world financial crisis.

An editorial illustration about global finance, world recession and global crisis in general

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The accompanying page design is a suggestion of how the image could be used.

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UK planning regulations to be relaxed to stimulate the economy – cartoon

planning regulations to be relaxed cartoon

UK planning regulations relaxed – cartoon

In an attempt to kick start the economy, the UK government plans to relax planning regulations, meaning that more building work can be carried out without planning permission

This sounds a bit like a goldrush for cowboy builders to me, with jerry-built extensions and conservatories springing up everywhere

A cartoon about the economic recession, austerity, Keynesianism, building regs

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Euro bailout fund cartoon. Euro crisis cartoon

euro crisis bailout fund cartoon

An editorial illustration about the euro bailout fund and the eurozone debt crisis.

Editorial illustration for the euro bailout fund and the euro crisis

The euro symbol as a sinking boat taking in water, with someone bailing it out
A political cartoon or financial cartoon about the economy, the eurozone debt crisis, the debt in the euro zone, European monitory system.
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Euro crisis cartoon. The euro symbol as a broken harp

euro crisis broken harp cartoon

An editorial illustration about the eurozone debt crisis.
Euro crisis cartoon. The euro symbol as a broken harp.

Editorial illustration for the euro crisis, showing the euro sign as a harp with broken strings

A political cartoon or financial cartoon about the economy, the eurozone debt crisis, the debt in the euro zone, European monitory system.

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Barclays Bank chairman resigns cartoon

barclays chairman resigns cartoon

Barclays chairman Marcus Agius resigns as the chairman following the libor inter-bank lending rate-fixing scandal

Cartoon about the scandal of banks rigging the libor rates to their own advantage.

Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
Cartoon about financial malpractice and institutional corruption

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Bankers’ pay cartoon. Morality of banking

bankers pay dollar sign painting

Banker’s bonus cartoon

Joke about bankers’ salaries

Cartoon showing a job interview in a bank.

The interviewer is asking “What is it that attracts you to a job in banking?”
On the wall of the bank is a gigantic picture of a dollar sign.
A cartoon about bankers’ bonuses, and the bonus culture, the ethics of capitalism and corporate greed

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Banking cartoons – bankers’ bonuses

bankers robbers cartoon

Cartoon depicting bankers as bank robbers

A bank scandal cartoon – about the moral crisis in banking, evidenced by such incidents as the libor interest rigging scandal

Showing a banker as a thief, robbing from the public (or elsewhere).
The illustration represents a banker’s attitude to the public (The manipulation of the libor rate to the bank’s advantage meant that many customers had to pay more for their mortgages amongst other things).

A member of the public is shouting at the running banker “Stop thief!”
The joke is that the robber is running into the bank, whereas usually robbers are running out of banks.
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
Cartoon about finance, financial institutions, financial malpractice and institutional corruption

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Barclays Bank interest rate rigging cartoon.

Barclays Bank interest rigging scandal cartoon

Barclays bank interest rigging scandal cartoon

An illustration about the scandal of Barclays Bank and other banks rigging the libor rates to their own advantage.

Showing a Barclays Bank logo defecating on the head of a customer.
The cartoon represents Barclays Bank’s attitude to its customers (The manipulation of the libor rate to the bank’s advantage meant that many customers had to pay more for their mortgages amongst other things).

Did Bob Diamond know about the practice of rigging the libor rate?
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.

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Banker cartoon

cartoon - bank thieves operate in this area

Banking cartoon
Barclays bank interest rigging scandal

The scandal of traders at Barclays Bank and other banks manipulating the libor rates to their own advantage.

Gag cartoon showing a bank with a sign outside it reading “Warning. Thieves operate in this area”

Did Bob Diamond know about the practice?
Are bankers thieves?
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
A humorous comment about finance, financial institutions, banking corruption and libor rigging

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Spain economic crisis – Spanish bank needs propping up – Bankia cartoon

spain bank bankia propped up cartoon

Cartoon about the Euro crisis in Spain.
The bailout of the Spanish bank Bankia – cartoon

Cartoon about the financial crisis in Spain, showing the fact that the bank Bankia needs propping up.

The joke in the cartoon is that the building that houses the headquarters of the Bankia bank is of an unusual architectural design, appearing to lean over dramatically.
The cartoon shows a person taking a photograph of another person who is standing so that in the photo he looks as though he is propping up the tower that is the hq of Bankia. This is a direct reference to what tourists do when they are standing near to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

As well as being a straightforward joke about the leaning tower, the cartoon also has the more serious underlying point in that it asks whether the support given to Bankia will be effective, and whether the effectiveness in holding back the possible collapse of the euro currency will be illusory (shown by the illusion of the man holding up the bank in the photo).
A cartoon about the euro crisis, bank bailouts, struggling economy, banking debt.

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Will Greece drop the euro? The Discobolus (Discus Thrower) in a metaphor for the Greek financial crisis

greece euro crisis discobolus cartoon

Cartoon about the Euro crisis – Greece. Discobolus (Discus Thrower) dropping the euro

Cartoon about the financial crisis in the euro zone, especially in Greece.

Chris Madden cartoon showing the ancient Greek statue or sculpture the Discobolus, or Discus Thrower, by Myron as a metaphor for Greece and the Greek economy, with the discus replaced by a euro coin which the discus thrower has dropped. A pedantic note – the statue of the Discobolus in the cartoon has got the head pointing in the correct direction – most versions of the statue in existence (all are Roman copies of the lost original) are reconstructed from fragments and have the head looking forwards and down, which was found to be incorrect when a nearly complete version was uncovered.
The cartoon is about the possibility of the Greeks dropping the euro.
If Greece drops the euro they will return to the pre-euro Greek currency, the drachma

The dropped euro has cracked the plinth on which the Greek statue stands, and the euro coin is bouncing into a dustbin (which mirrors the shape of the plinth on which the Discobolus stands.
Chris Madden cartoon about the financial crisis in Greece, political cartoon about the eurozone falling apart.

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Thieves Operate in this Area! Cartoon about banking and the City of London

thieves operate in this area - bankers - cartoon

Warning – Thieves Operate in this Area!
Cartoon about bankers and banking in the City of London (or any other financial centre)

Cartoon about the dubious morality of some areas of banking and the financial sector.
The cartoon likens bankers and financiers to thieves or robbers.

The cartoon is an illustration of one aspect of the current popular image of bankers – that bankers are greedy and amoral and are only interested in their bonuses.
A cartoon about banks, bank ethics and morals, the morality of the financial sector, City of London, banking district, financial quarter, capitalism, credit crisis
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