Over the weekend after the Mid-Year Exams and Common Test 2s, The Victorian Press received this submission from a Victorian who wished to remain anonymous, detailing a (conspiracy) theory about our well-known mass dance, the Neutron Dance. The theory is reproduced as follows:

“This is a theory I developed after too many mass dances. Please bear with me as I’ve hardly written theories before.

“So my theory is that the moves of our Neutron Dance mass dance actually reflect the principles in our H2 Econs book 3. I know this sounds like smoke but I was inspired by other theories such as the Pixar Theory. And if you look closely, it kind of makes sense. The neutron dance has been done as far as I know since the start of VJ, what if it was to help with our econs?

“We start out with the first main ‘move’ when the lyrics start – the wash face move. We move our hands across our faces in diagonals, bottom left to upper right, upper left to bottom right, / \ / \ / \… Looks familiar? It’s our supply and demand curve! Indeed, the supply and demand curve is the first thing that we learn in the second book of Economics.

“Next, we have a complicated move called ‘combo’. We pat our thighs, clap, shake our hands, hit our fists and touch our elbows. Now we can argue that this represents the factors that affect demand and supply. Patting our thighs is perhaps symbolic of reproduction, so it represents population growth. We clap our hands when we see something we like, this is tastes and preferences. Shaking our hands looks like that gesture we do when we spray money everywhere – this is ‘income’. The fists hitting each other is like fighting, and this is what competitors do so this represents ‘related goods’. I’m guessing the L shape when we touch our elbows represents expectation of price change as it looks like we are emphasising our muscles when we expect a fight.

“The combo is repeated again this time to represent the factors that change supply. The patting and clapping again represents marginal costs of production as our hands go from a lower place to a higher place. The shaking of our hand looks like earthquake, hence it refers to natural disasters. The fists and elbow is the same as above because the same factor is for supply.

“Now we have the diamond dance, which represents the simultaneous shifts of the 2 curves which forms a diamond shape on the diagram. The interesting thing to note is when we have 2 shifts the old equilibrium and new equilibrium are opposite each other never next to each other. This is the same in how our feet are positioned in the dance step – always opposite never on the same side of the diamond!

“The next lines of ‘ooh ooh aah aah’, while we jump forwards and backwards, represent the shifting of the curves. Right or left, up or down.

“The next move is the chicken dance. Viewed from the top, our arms move in a way that looks like price elasticity. The left arm is the PES and the right arm is the PED. Note also that this dance happens while we sing the line ‘Someone stole my brand new Chevrolet’. It can actually be understood as the factors affecting price elasticity. Someone (definition of goods) stole (substitutes) my brand new (time period) Chevrolet (proportion of income). (Haha.) Meanwhile the square walk represents the calculation of total revenue, as it is a rectangle shape. The tapping of our hand while kicking the invisible chapteh makes our hand go in a U shape which emphasises the quadratic nature of total revenue.

“Finally we have the chorus itself which is interesting. First our arms move together. Then it is one up one down. This means that first we are representing substitute goods because when one price increases, the demand for the other increases. Then secondly is complementary goods when one price increases, the demand for the other decreases.

“The next move is up-down-kick-down which represents tax and subsidy as tax kicks up the supply curve and subsidy kicks down the curve. The move after the chorus of the left-right-left represents the other price controls because it looks like we are hitting something, whether a maximum price or minimum price and a quota.

“Finally, also the lines in the chorus have significance as they represent the limitations of economic theory. The first line is ‘And it’s hard to say just how some things never change.’ This is the assumption of ceteris paribus where every other factor is held constant. The second line is ‘and it’s hard to find any strength to draw the line’. This represents the difficulty of drawing the curve which is the limitation of using elasticity due to the inaccuracy.

“Hence, as such the whole scope of econs book 3 can be summed up in the main moves of the Neutron Dance. This concludes my smoke and hope you had fun reading this theory.”

What do you think, Victorians? Is there some merit to this explanation, or is it just a load of imperfect information? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

[Picture by Ryan Ch’ng, 16S47]



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