The Simpsons : a case study in the limitations of television as a medium for presenting political and social satire

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The Simpsons : a case study in the limitations of television as a medium for presenting political and social satire

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Title: The Simpsons : a case study in the limitations of television as a medium for presenting political and social satire
Author: Gordon, Michael E.
Advisor: Saler, Bethel; Kannerstein, Greg
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: This thesis analyzes political satire on television, using creative breakthroughs from the 1950s such as comedian Jack Benny to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Martin and Rowan's Laugh-In in the 1960s to All in the Family and Saturday Night Live in the 1970s concluding with The Simpsons and the development of the Fox network in the late 1980s. The purpose of this investigation is to understand how television is a conservative broadcast medium, based on its inherent structure and barriers like advertisers, censors, and public taste that can only give voice to movements and ideas and not create them.
Subject: Simpsons (Television program)
Subject: Political satire, American
Subject: Television programs -- United States
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/658

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Gordon, Michael E.. "The Simpsons : a case study in the limitations of television as a medium for presenting political and social satire". 2004. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/658.

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