Homer Simpson Marches on Washington
Dissent through American Popular Culture
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
328 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 16 b&w photos, 5 graphs
- Published: March 2010
The Simpsons questions what is culturally acceptable, showcasing controversial issues like homosexuality, animal rights, the war on terror, and religion. This subtle form of political analysis is effective in changing opinions and attitudes on a large scale. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington explores the transformative power that enables popular culture to influence political agendas, frame the consciousness of audiences, and create profound shifts in values and ideals.
To investigate the full spectrum of popular culture in a democratic society, editors Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy gather a top-notch team of scholars who use television shows such as Star Trek, The X-Files, All in the Family, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report, as well as movies and popular music, to investigate contemporary issues in American popular culture.
ForewordIntroduction: Turning Into Democratic Dissent: Oppositional Messaging in Popular CultureTelevising Revolutions: The Case for Popular Dissent in the Public SphereThe Daily Show and the Politics of TruthMr. Smith Goes to the Movies: Images of Dissent in American CinemaThe Truth is Still Out There: The X-Files and 9/11Unpacking the House: Images of Heroism Against the Regulatory StateI Learned that Prison is a Bad Place to Be: 25th Hour and Re-Imagining IncarcerationRiveted to Rosie: O'Donnell's Queer Politics and Controversial Antics on ABC's The ViewGabbin About God: Religion and Spirituality on The SimpsonsIt Came from Planet Earth: Eco-Horror and the Politics of Post-Environmentalism in The HappeningRaising the Red Flag: Culture, Labor, and the Left, 1880-1920Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam: The Evolution of Protest Songs in Popular Music from Vietnam to IraqHip-Hop and Representin': Power, Voice, and IdentityThings in this Country are Gonna Change Pretty Fast: Jericho as Post-9/11 NarrativeIt's Not Funny 'Cause It's True: The Mainstream Media's Response to Media Satire in the Bush YearsGender, the Final Frontier: Revisiting Star Trek: The Next Generation
""Popular culture is a growing area of interest, especially given its status as a major U.S. export in this rapidly globalizing world. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington is a useful and interesting work."--Margaret Ferguson, Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis" --
""Homer Simpson Marches on Washington is essential reading for anyone who believes that mass media can be effective in exposing the oppressive powers the be and inspiring people to resist them."--catapult magazine" --
""Both Homer Simpson Goes to Washington and Homer Simpson Marches on Washington look at popular culture as not simply entertainment of the masses. Instead, pop culture can emphasize contemporary societal norms, or introduce new ideas and social constructs....Pop culture reaches a national audience, and as such, is inspiring nationwide conversations about politics, race, marriage, religion, etc. If you want to learn more about the basis for these conversations, these two books are excellent resources."--Annette Aguayo, Voices From the Earth" --