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ERIC Number: EJ782210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Addicted to Democracy: "South Park" and the Salutary Effects of Agitation (Reflections of a Ranting and Raving "South Park" Junkie)
Bruna, Katherine Richardson
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v47 n8 p692-697 May 2004
This article presents reflections of a ranting and raving "South Park" junkie. The church the author goes to is Unitarian Universalist (UU). UUism is the religion for people who don't believe in religion but somehow feel the need to regularly assemble in a religious tradition and affirm their nontraditional religiosity. From what the author can tell, UUs are ranters and ravers. They rant and rave about everything from fundamentalist Christianity, to conspicuous consumption, to the computer age, to prairie erosion, to, well, just about anything. They do this because one of their UU principles is freedom of conscience--it's a natural extension of their religious tradition to rant and rave. This is what brings her to "South Park". "South Park" is a television show all about ranting and raving (ranting and raving is hereafter defined as agitation for the purpose of social critique and transformation). The creators of the show use the context of the community of South Park to direct attention to the fundamental inconsistencies and hypocrisies of life in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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