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Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park

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Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park argues that progressives should perceive the connections among media, policy, and culture beyond the limits of "politics" and "news". With sustained analyses of groundbreaking contemporary examples of what has become known as "convergence culture," Ted Gournelos brings together a wide range of media without sacrificing depth. His examples, such as South Park, The Simpsons, The Onion, The Daily Show, Chappelle's show and The Boondocks, are chosen for their political scope and social impact and demonstrate the ways in which what we know as "politics" is rapidly changing. The book's forays into established fields like feminist, race, and queer theory are combined with perspectives drawn from political economy and rhetoric to demonstrate the power of irony, humor, and cultural dissonance in modern approaches to dissonant cultural politics.

About the Author

\Ted Gournelos is assistant professor of critical media and cultural studies at Rollins College.

Table of Contents

How to break what's broken: visual culture, dissonance, and politics — Tactics of oppositional culture — Boobs, barf, and bloody asses: coming of age in South Park — Singing in hell with Satan: intertextuality, music, and the regulation of the child — Irony, community, and the intelligent design debate in South Park and The Simpsons — Puppets, slaves, and sex changes: Mr. Garrison and South Park's performative sexuality — Muhammad's ghost: religion, censorship, and the politics of intimidation — To rely on the absurdity of the system: The Daily Show, The Onion, and new media convergence — Ambivalent opposition: South Park's racial discourse — A neo-con parade: South Park and post 9/11 politics — The Boondocks, Chappelle's Show and rearticulation of racial politics — Playing with the system, playing with fire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122686648
Subtitle:
Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Author:
Ted Gournelos
Author:
Gournelos, Ted
Subject:
Television broadcasting
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Television and politics
Subject:
Television and politics -- United States.
Subject:
Television broadcasting -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
American Studies; Popular Culture
Subject:
Film and Television-Media Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
285

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