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Eat my Shorts! Soziale und politische Kritik in 'Die Simpsons' von Nehlsen, Wolf-Dietrich (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 08.08.2013
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Eat my Shorts! Soziale und politische Kritik in 'Die Simpsons'

Fachbuch aus dem Jahr 2013 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Medien und Politik, Pol. Kommunikation, , Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Seit bald 25 Jahren flimmert die gelbe Cartoon-Familie über die Fernsehbildschirme und provoziert, wo es nur geht. Die Simpsons kritisieren und karikieren vor allem das amerikanische System - mal subtil, mal mit dem Vorschlaghammer. 'Eat my Shorts!' bietet eine Analyse der Simpsons-Familie, geht auf die politische und soziale Satire in der Serie ein und unternimmt eine Einordnung der Serie in die postmoderne Aufklärung. 'Wir mussten sie angreifen, die haben heimlich Massenverblödungswaffen hergestellt.' (Kodos in der Folge 'Krieg der Welten') Aus dem Inhalt: 'Die Simpsons' als Satiresendung, Der spezielle Reiz der Serie, Political and Social Satire in The Simpsons, The Polis of Springfield: Satire in a Local Environment, Postmoderne Elemente der Serie 'The Simpsons', Betreibt die Serie 'The Simpsons' postmoderne Aufklärung?

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    Erscheinungsdatum: 08.08.2013
    Sprache: Deutsch
    ISBN: 9783656477402
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Eat my Shorts! Soziale und politische Kritik in 'Die Simpsons'

Introduction

From its first full episode on December 17th 1989, The Simpsons has been one of the most popular animated sitcoms on U.S. television. By the year 1990, The Simpsons had become "a breakaway ratings hit, industry trendsetter, cultural template, and a viewing experience verging on the religious for its most fanatical followers" (Waters, p. 58, in: Henry 2007, p. 272). In February 1997, it surpassed The Flintstones as the longest- running primetime cartoon and is now the longest-running situation comedy in the history of U.S. television (Henry 2007, p. 273). Today in its 17th season, it still attracts a large audience in Britain and other English-speaking countries, and it has been dubbed into over twenty languages. It is particularly popular in Western Europe. However, it also has many viewers in countries like Argentina, Thailand and post-communist Russia (Turner 2005, p. 10). Turner (ibid., p. 5) compares The Simpsons to a "climate change: it built incrementally, week by week, episode by episode, weaving itself into the cultural landscape slowly but surely until it became a permanent feature". In essence, The Simpsons is one of the most important symbols of U.S.-American popular culture and is a huge cultural phenomenon worldwide.

The Simpsons has dealt with an enormous variety of themes: environmentalism, immigration, gay rights, women in the military, and so on. Its script-writers mock the hypocrisy of modern psychology, corporate greed, consumerism, as well as the potential dangers of fundamentalism, the threatened rights of minorities and sexism (Henry 2007, p. 273). The creators of The Simpsons convey their messages through satire [212] that has a long literary tradition – above all – in the English-speaking countries and has incorporated various elements (s. chapter 2.) from diverse U.S. television programmes (Considine 2006, p. 3).

The following essay will explore political and social satire in The Simpsons. This essay will prove Homer Simpson wrong saying in the episode "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington": "...cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They are just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh". In this essay it will be argued that The Simpsons provides us with an in- depth satirical reflection on U.S. society and, to a certain degree, on Western societies in general. Furthermore, this essay will examine the view of creator Matt Groening and the other writers of The Simpsons that the programme skillfully incorporates the subtext that "[t]he people in power don't always have your best interest in mind" (Cantor 1999, p. 745). Armstrong (2005a, p. 11) emphasizes in his article about "Satire as Critical Pedagogy" that satire is a vehicle through which political literacy will be developed and underlines that it is an important part of political education. Thus, the analysis of satire is a vital part of cultural studies and is accordingly examined in this essay.

Following this introductory chapter, I will provide an overview of the genealogy of the programme (in literature and television) and classify its format. In analyzing political and social satire in the programme, the methods and form of presentation will firstly be discussed. On account of the shortness of the essay and the relevance of these topics, this analysis will focus on satire in relation to the media, politics and big business seen through the eyes of the title family. [213] The analysis of sample episodes will illustrate political and social satire in the programme and the messages that the creators and script- writers sought to put forward. The penultimate chapter will highlight the limitations of The Simpsons and its medium of presentation through television. Finally, as a conclusion to this anal

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