Monday, March 31, 2008
The World According to the Simpsons
It's about time I introduced one of my favorite radio programs of all time: Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders. It's hosted by Jean Feraca and in this show, her guests discuss the impact of the Simpsons around the world.
She always has intelligent people (professors, authors, and other non-yellow characters) on the show whose IQ must be double or even triple that of Homer S.!
The topics are often quite interesting, like this one about Bart and Marge and the rest of the gang, especially the cultural programs.
You can find Jean's blog here, where she discusses the latest shows.
The forum gives people a chance to add their two cents.
For this show the questions were:
* Are the Simpons really the typical American family?
* How do you feel about Homer and Bart as American ambassadors?
Then there are the related links which will keep you up way past your bedtime
* Official site of The Simpsons
* Wikipedia: The Simpsons
* The Simpsons entry in The Museum of Television Encyclopedia
* Matt McAllister
* Steven Keslowitz and his book
* Aeon Skoble
* The Simpsons Archive
I will end by quoting one Listener's Comments:
* John 7/19/06: "I think the Simpsons Cartoon demonstrates to the world that Americans have an insight into what's dysfunctional in our own culture by allowing the world to laugh with us at our beer guts and lazy intellect."
I think that says it all. Americans are not as stupid as they seem to the unsophisticated European.