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Fink, Moritz: Understanding The Simpsons. A Media Phenomenon at the Edge of Convergence Culture. Marburg: Tectum, 2016. (250 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-8288-3785-0
BibTeX citation key: Fink2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Simpsons", Animation, Fankultur, Groening. Matt, Intermedialität, Randformen des Comics, TV, USA
Creators: Fink
Publisher: Tectum (Marburg)
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Abstract
Conceived as a renegade TV show in the late 1980s, The Simpsons has become one of the most long-lasting and all-pervasive media phenomena in American television history. More than twenty-five years after its television debut, the Simpsons series may be beyond its prime; in the realm of popular culture, however, the yellow cartoon characters continue to represent strong cultural currency. In an accessible way, this book traces the show’s origins, analyzes its complex position in-between commercial and alternative culture, and examines its role in today’s ludic media environment. Drawing on numerous illustrative examples from the series and the paratextual realm that surrounds it, the book puts The Simpsons in the timely context of transmedia relationships and convergence culture. From this perspective, Understanding The Simpsons demonstrates that the significance of Homer and Co. lies less in their economic persistence than in their permanent cult status.
  
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