By Timothy M. Dale, Joseph J. Foy
The Simpsons questions what's culturally appropriate, showcasing debatable concerns like homosexuality, animal rights, the conflict on terror, and faith. This sophisticated type of political research is valuable in altering reviews and attitudes on a wide scale. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington explores the transformative strength that permits pop culture to steer political agendas, body the attention of audiences, and create profound shifts in values and ideals.To examine the whole spectrum of pop culture in a democratic society, editors Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy assemble a top-notch group of students who use tv exhibits reminiscent of superstar Trek, The X-Files, All within the relatives, The View, The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert document, in addition to videos and renowned track, to enquire modern matters in American pop culture.
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Colbert: Very simply, the media’s role should be the accurate and objective description of the hellacious ass-whomping we’re handing the Iraqis. Stewart: Hellacious ass-whomping? Now to me, that sounds pretty subjective. Colbert: Are you saying it’s not an ass-whomping, Jon? ” Unless, of course, you love Hitler. Stewart [stammering]: I don’t love Hitler. Colbert: Spoken like a true Hitler-lover— Stewart: I’m perplexed. Is your position that there’s no place for negative words or even thoughts in the media?
Should it be considered political activism to purchase products or attend concerts? Such are the questions posed by Naomi Klein and others who challenge the notion that political action can be embodied in consumerism. 9 Even worse, this co-opting of dissenting views renders them harmless to the prevailing order: people purchase products, feel that they are making a difference, and do nothing else to address social problems. Calling this tendency the “Bono-ization” of political action, Klein argues that “what’s been lost .
Here’s how I will: [Cut to video clip of CNN reporter, standing in front of the White House] CNN reporter: This is 28 pages from the Republican National Committee. ” We also saw from the Bush-Cheney camp that they had released talking points to their supporters. Stewart: Talking points: that’s how we learn things. But how will I absorb a talking point like “Edwards and Kerry are out of the mainstream” unless I get it jackhammered into my skull? That’s where television lends a hand [laughter]. [Cut to a series of video clips] Fox News: He stands way out of the mainstream.