30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There

30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There

Paperback Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture (Paperback)

By (author) William Irwin

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470575581
  • ISBN 13: 9780470575581
  • Sales rank: 235,911

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A fascinating exploration of the philosophy behind NBC shit TV series, 30 Rock With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of thefunniest television shows on the air and where hilarityensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and JackDonaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody two shoes", butwhat does it really mean to be good? Dr. Leo Spaceman routinelydemonstrates that medicine is not a science, so what is therole of the incompetent professional in America today? In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow castmembers are thrust onto the philosophical stage with Plato,Aristotle, Kantand other great thinkers to examine these keyquestions and many others that involve the characters and plotlinesof 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordancomedy show. * Takes an entertaining, up-close look at the philosophicalissues behind 30 Rock's characters and storylines, frompost-feminist ideals to workaholism and the meaning of life * Equips you with a new understanding of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy,Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and othercharacters * Gives you deep and meaningful new reasons (who knew?) forwatching Tina Fey and your other favorites on 30 Rock Ideal for both casual and diehard fans, this book is theessential companion for every 30 Rock--watcher.

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Author information

J. JEREMY WISNEWSKI is an associate professor of philosophyat Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He coedited X-Men andPhilosophy and Twilight and Philosophy and edited Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office andPhilosophy. WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King'sCollege in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophyand popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestsellingThe Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titlesincluding Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, andMad Men and Philosophy.

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Should you let Oprah be your guide? Is immoral behavior no laughing matter? Can Devon Banks choose his sexual orientation? Is that a dealbreaker? Hello, dummy. Wait! Don't stop reading. This is really important. I'm dying. Okay, that was a lie. It's about this TV show I love. I recently discovered that I'm a "30 Rock" addict. From Jack Donaghy's management advice to the things Liz Lemon has to do just to get a show on the air every week, "30 Rock" raises all kinds of ethical dilemmas and philosophical issues. Okay, it's not like reading Wittgenstein, but it makes you wise. Like a genetically manipulated shark. Every essay in "30 Rock and Philosophy" takes some of my favorite scenes from the show and uses them to explain important philosophical issues. Even the most esoteric ideas become understandable when Kenneth is involved. So if you watch the show for Tracy's antics, Dr. Spaceman's medical advice, or just to look at Tina Fey, read this book and you'll walk away knowing about the Frankfurt School, Aristotle, and Jack Donaghy's sordid love life. Now that we have that out of the way, I have an idea for a business that could make us both millionaires. One word: floppy disks. To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, visit www.andphilosophy.com

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Thanks for Helping Us Go to There ix Introduction: Platonic Fantasies and Tina Fey-losophy 1 PART ONE WHAT WOULD OPRAH DO?: ETHICS AND THE GOODLIFE AT 30 ROCK 1 Being Kenneth: Some Moral Lessons 7 P. Sue Dohnimm 2 Sour Lemon: Liz s Workaholism and the Meaning of Life16 Jeffrey A. Hinzmann 3 Friendship on 30 Rock: What a Greek Philosopher Can Teach Usabout Companionship 28 Dan Yim 4 A Confucian-Aristotelian Critique of 30 Rock s Semi-Virtuous Path 43 Adam Barkman PART TWO THE GIRLIE SHOW: GENDER, RACE, AND SEXUALORIENTATION AT 30 ROCK 5 Race at the Rock: Race Cards, White Myths, and PostracialAmerica 57 J. Jeremy Wisnewski 6 Getting Gay: How 30 Rock Helps Us Understand Sexuality75 J. Jeremy Wisnewski 7 And the Followship Award Goes to ... Third-Wave Feminism?89 Ashley Barkman PART THREE DEALBREAKER!: CORPORATIONS, PROFESSIONS,AND POLITICS 8 Medicine s Not a Science: Dr. Leo Spaceman and the Roleof the Incompetent Professional in Today s America 101 Kevin S. Decker 9 Is There a Difference between East Coast Television andMicrowave Ovens?: Moral Questions about Corporate Management114 Andrew Terjesen 10 The Emancipation Corporation: Loving and Loathing theShinehardt Wigs of the World 130 Nicolas Michaud 11 Liz and Jack Can t Be Friends!: Communitarianism,Libertarianism, and Politics at 30 Rock 138 Nicolas Michaud PART FOUR MIND GRAPES (TO NOURISH YOURTHINKING) 12 The Bubble, the Cave, and Samsara: BeingDeluded at 30 Rock 149 Adam Barkman 13 Of Cookie Jars and CEOs: Time and Self on 30 Rock 161 Tyler Shores 14 One City s Cheese-Curl Addict Is Another City sModel: A Question of Taste 174 Michael Da Silva and Melina Found 15 I m Straight-Up Mentally Ill : TracyJordan and True, Justified Belief 186 Robert Arp 16 Performing at 30 Rock (and Everywhere Else) 195 Marc E. Shaw APPENDIX 1 : Frank s Hat Store 209 APPENDIX 2 : The Wisdom of the Page: Meet Kenneth Ellen Parcell211 CONTRIBUTORS: Cast Members of 30 Rock and Philosophy 217 INDEX: Shinehardt Wig Company Filing System 221