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The Depiction of Politicians in The Simpsons

Woodcock, Pete (2008) The Depiction of Politicians in The Simpsons. In: Narrative and Fiction: an Interdisciplinary Approach. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 91-99.

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      Abstract

      Due to its longevity (almost 400 episodes and 18 years), and the sheer number of
      supporting characters that appear on it, the writers and producers of The Simpsons
      has created a model of society which can be exploited by the political theorist. This
      paper aims to explore the social and political ramifications of this model of, especially
      the accusation that the programme in inherently conservative in its portrayal of
      gender and the nuclear family.

      This paper will also look at the depiction of politicians in the programme (for example
      fictional politicians such as Mayor ‘Diamond’ Joe Quimby and Sideshow Bob as well
      as real politicians Bill Clinton and George Bush snr), and suggest that whereas The
      Simpsons may appear to mock all politicians, this is not in fact the case, and that The
      Simpsons does provide us with examples of the types of qualities that are admirable
      in a politician. It will be argued that the writers of The Simpsons only mock two types
      of politicians; actual living politicians (it is from this fact that it gets its reputation for
      being impartial), and dishonest metropolitan-type politicians. Local, hard working
      politicians (most notably Governor Mary Bailey and former Sanitation Commissioner
      Ray Patterson) are exempt from their criticism, suggesting that they prefer local
      substance over glitz and style.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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      Depositing User: Graham Stone
      Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 12:43
      Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 13:27
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4816

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