Now running into its tenth season, "South Park" has still not "jumped the shark". Satirically edgier than "The Simpsons", "South Park" responds immediately to cultural controversies: four days after Saddam Hussein's capture, an episode lampooned it, and the show has no fear in tackling subjects as divisive and outlandish as Terry Schiavo, "The Passion of the Christ", Tom Cruise's alleged homosexuality, and Michael Jackson. Its mixture of iconoclasm, cultural referents, and intertextuality makes it the perfect lens through which to examine contemporary popular culture in America - and television's role in the creation of that culture. "Blame Canada!" is a smart, readable book that will appeal to the show's many fans, placing the show in a tradition of fearless and often foul-mouthed satire dating back as far as Rabelais.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1 - Sweet:; Creators; Behind the Scenes; Fandom; Internet in South Park; SECTION 2 - Kick the baby!; Characters,; Families and the Community in South Park; SECTION 3 - Respect My Authoritah!; Politics and Religion,; Morals and Ethics; SECTION 4 - South Park is Totally Gay:; Race & Culture,; Gender and Sexual Politics; SECTION 5 - You Bastard!; South Park; TV Literacy Appendices.
Toni Johnson-Woods is a lecturer in Contemporary Studies at the University of Queensland. To date she has published three books on popular culture: the first was an academic treatise on popular 19th century fiction; the second book, Big Bother (University of Queensland Press, 2002), was the first book to examine Reality TV and combine academic evaluation with fandom; and the third book Gone but not Forgotten (National Library of Australia, 2004) examines pulp fiction.