“Bad taste” narratives, good values – South Park as an example of political communication

Lin, Kaize (2017) “Bad taste” narratives, good values – South Park as an example of political communication. Masters thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

The purpose of thesis is to use South Park, a satirical TV programme as an example of popular culture, to explore the extents to which it uses “bad taste” narratives as a way of carnivalesque presentation to present “good values”, as a result of conveying political knowledge. The idea of “political knowledge” established by van Zoonen (2005) and the relevant literature of satire will be discussed on the ground of the connection between politics and popular culture. Despite South Park using vulgarity, grotesque images, taboo-breaking discourse as satirical manners to frame its “bad taste” narratives, this thesis will use Bakhtin’s ideas of “carnivalesque” and textual analysis to find out whether South Park presents “good values” via selected episodes.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Gillian Aldus
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 08:32
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 08:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64254
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