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COMMUNICATION AND POPULAR CULTURE
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The Simpsons and Society The Simpsons Created by Matt Groening Started as “shorts” on the Tracey Ullman Show Premiered as a series on Fox in 1989 Currently in its 21 st season Longest running sitcom on television
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Why study The Simpsons? Reflection of society Use of satire Important American cultural text Homer Simpson as “one of the great creations of American literature “One of the most influential shows in pop- culture history” Michael Starr, NY Post
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J ust How Influential is the Simpsons? Main Entry: d'oh Variant(s): or doh \ˈdō\ Function: interjection Date: 1993 —used to express sudden recognition of a foolish blunder or an ironic turn of events Merriam-Websters Dictionary
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Rewarding Active and Repeat Consumption The Simpsons heavily rewards active consumption Episodes can be watched multiple times to unearth new jokes, meanings, and satire The Simpsons also rewards repeat consumption Unlike many sitcoms, in order to really appreciate the show, it is important to watch episodes multiple times
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