"South Park" and absurd culture war ideologies. The art of stealthy conservatism

Drew W Dungan, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

South Park serves as an example of satire and parody lampooning culture war issues in the popular media. Since it targets culture war issues, it is relevant to analyze its political and social stance on the issues as presented within. Both extremes in political and social ideology are targeted. Although the program notes an ideological absurdity in extremist points-of-view, the presentation of the issues attempts to create a sense of moderate ideology criticizing both the far left and far right, when in fact, closer analysis provides evidence that South Park serves a stealthy conservative perspective. Stealthy conservatism presents itself as moderate or even liberal, but essentially advocates a conservative position. ^

Subject Area

Political Science, General|Mass Communications

Recommended Citation

Dungan, Drew W, ""South Park" and absurd culture war ideologies. The art of stealthy conservatism" (2009). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1465247.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1465247

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