- Taschenbuch: 344 Seiten
- Verlag: Wayne State Univ Pr (Dezember 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0814328490
- ISBN-13: 978-0814328491
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2 x 22,9 cm
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Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture (Contemporary Film and Television (Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Dezember 2003
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"Authoritative voices speaking from various well-informed critical perspectives provide Leaving Springfield with rewards for scholars and Simpsons fans alike. Framed more coherently than most collections of television criticism, this volume makes a persuasive case for the series as an act of cultural resistance. Accessible language and detailed textual analysis lend the volume strong student appeal. Devotees will appreciate the close scrutiny of key episodes and intimate knowledge of the series that characterize these essays."
This is a study of the television programme "The Simpsons" which focuses on the show's dual roles as subversive political satire and mainstream mass media hit. Since its first appearance as a series of cartoon vignettes in 1987 and its debut as a weekly programme in 1990, "The Simpsons" has had multiple, even contradictory, media identities. Although the show has featured biting political and social satire, which often proves fatal to mass public acceptance, "The Simpsons" entered fully into the mainstream, consistently earning high ratings from audiences and critics alike. "Leaving Springfield" addresses the success of "The Simpsons" as a corporate-manufactured show that openly and self-reflexively paraodies the very consumer capitalism it simultaneously promotes. By exploring such topics as the impact of the show's satire on its diverse viewing public and the position of "The Simpsons" in sitcom and television animation history, the commentators develop insights into the ways parody intermixes with mass media to critique postmodern society.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Why not the 5th star? Well, several of the contributors start to wander away from the topic, and I also feel that if you're going to analyze the media in an academic way, you need to secure a few more articles from actual media scholars. This oversight is evident in the lack of essays looking at The Simpsons from some form of structural or economic standpoint. The book is more humanities-based than social sciences, and that's a pity.
However, it still examines some important issues, and thus digs under the surface of the text in a convincing and thoughtful way. Alberti's introduction is arguably the best "article" in the book, as he positions the program brilliantly, and gives a great sense of the ways in which The Simpsons might be doing something special that very few if any other programs in television history have. I found the essays thought-provoking, and a lot more dense than other writing on The Simpsons.
So, while I could see how a fan of the show who wants to keep viewing it as light and mellow wouldn't enjoy this book or appreciate it, if you actually want to engage with the program and its politics on a deeper level, this book does an admirable job. Very good stuff, some essays especially excellent
The writing is academic, and at times a bit dry, but if you like The Simpsons, you'll love this book. Even if you aren't a big fan, I still recommend it; books like Leaving Springfield are becoming more and more important, because as visual media continues to take over print, we need to start looking seriously at television for the few (albeit very few) works of true art it offers. This book is a bit hard to find, but well worth the search.
Trying to evaluate the cultural significance of The Simpsons is a fool's game--it's there in plain sight every night in reruns--but these authors are undeterred. They are bound and determined to override a work of collaborative genius with their own stale biases and canned interpretations.
And not a one of them shows a sense of humor, so far as I could discover. The writers and illustrators of The Simpsons are miles ahead of these writers in evaluating contemporary culture.
Maggie would not countenance their hogwash.