The Taboo's and Controversy's of
“South Park”
Introduction
● In this presentation, I aim to talk about:
● Cultural Context behind the idea
● Key Ideas behind idea
● His...
Context
● Since the shows beginning, the creators have
always tried to keep seeing what they can get
away with – how far t...
Key Ideas
● 'Since its first episode, it has pushed the boundaries of free
expression, questioned censorship, criticized g...
Key Ideas cont.
● 'It challenges hypocrisy, without blinkers or hesitation. It
takes on the mighty and the small... … the ...
Historical Factors
● I shall be looking into the birth of South Park
leading up to South Park in the modern day,
comparing...
Contemporary Factors
● With 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' – as well
as briefly exploring their history, like South
Park,...
Conclusion
● Looking at controversy and taboo's in South Park and other
mainstream animations.
● How they manage to get aw...
Bibliography
● Johnson-Woods, Toni. (2007) Blame Canada!
South Park And Contemporary Culture. New
York: Continuum
● Freud,...
Bibliography
● Johnson-Woods, Toni. (2007) Blame Canada!
South Park And Contemporary Culture. New
York: Continuum
● Freud,...
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Dissertation Proposal Presentation

  1. 1. The Taboo's and Controversy's of “South Park”
  2. 2. Introduction ● In this presentation, I aim to talk about: ● Cultural Context behind the idea ● Key Ideas behind idea ● History behind my chosen topic ● Contemporary factors concerning my idea. ● Sources used: 'Blame Canada: South Park and Contemporary Culture' by Toni Johnson-Woods and 'Contentious Language: South Park and the Transformation of Meaning' by Marcus Schulzke and 'Totem and Taboo' by Sigmund Freud
  3. 3. Context ● Since the shows beginning, the creators have always tried to keep seeing what they can get away with – how far they can go. ● 'The meaning of words and their power to offend is a central theme of South Park' (Schulzke, 2006:23) ● I aim to look at the reasons why they do this and how they can keep getting away with it.
  4. 4. Key Ideas ● 'Since its first episode, it has pushed the boundaries of free expression, questioned censorship, criticized government policies, mocked key social figures, and generally considered a well conceived... ...position to whatever is in the news.' (Schulzke) ● Gives idea of what I am looking into. Through such extremities, and how is it they manage to get away with remarks they make. ● 'Anyone who has violated a taboo becomes taboo himself because he possesses the dangerous quality of tempting others to follow his example' (Freud: 1913:86) ● There have been many groups outspoken about South Park and its content who think it should be banned for influencing their children. I aim to look at why they violate taboo's and Freud's argument on whether they should or not, due to direct influencing of children's behavior
  5. 5. Key Ideas cont. ● 'It challenges hypocrisy, without blinkers or hesitation. It takes on the mighty and the small... … the show is known for its ripped-from-the-headlines content' (Johnson-Woods, 2007:257) ● The show being so relevant is why it does well. It takes on anyone and anything, without caring so much. It is rarely censored though – why? ● Shall do a case study into a couple of episodes, the most censored episodes, and why they were censored.
  6. 6. Historical Factors ● I shall be looking into the birth of South Park leading up to South Park in the modern day, comparing the two from then to now – how they keep pushing the boundaries to higher and higher extremes. ● Will look into other cartoons such as 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' who maintain a similar rapport, and what it is about these shows that draws audience back despite their coarse language and offensive story lines .
  7. 7. Contemporary Factors ● With 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' – as well as briefly exploring their history, like South Park, I shall explore how they are in todays time. ● I will also look into more recent shows such as 'Archer' and 'Drawn Together' who continuously fit the same 'offensive cartoon' category, why they were made as controversial shows, and in 'Drawn Together's' case, why it was cancelled.
  8. 8. Conclusion ● Looking at controversy and taboo's in South Park and other mainstream animations. ● How they manage to get away with such explicit and extreme content. ● The effects of taboo in society, and why it could be considered a bad thing, in conjunction with why 'South Park' could be doing a good thing with how controversial it is. ● The relevance the show has in keeping up with real world events ● Case Study on extreme cases of censorship within South Park. ● The history behind other 'controversial' shows such as 'Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' and how they have evolved in a more contemporary world. ● Contemporary shows like 'Archer' and 'Drawn Together' and why shows like this keep getting made and doing so well.
  9. 9. Bibliography ● Johnson-Woods, Toni. (2007) Blame Canada! South Park And Contemporary Culture. New York: Continuum ● Freud, Sigmund. (1913) Totem & Taboo ● Schulzke, Marcus. Contentious Language: South Park and the Transformation of Meaning
  10. 10. Bibliography ● Johnson-Woods, Toni. (2007) Blame Canada! South Park And Contemporary Culture. New York: Continuum ● Freud, Sigmund. (1913) Totem & Taboo ● Schulzke, Marcus. Contentious Language: South Park and the Transformation of Meaning

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