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Released by Wayne State University Press

This book, edited by John Alberti, is a study of "The Simpsons". It focuses on the show's dual roles as subversive political satire and mainstream mass media hit. The book attempts to explain how the show entered fully into the mainstream, consistently earning high ratings from audiences and critics alike. The book, "Leaving Springfield", addresses the success of "The Simpsons" as a corporate-manufactured show that openly and self-reflexively paraodies the very consumer capitalism it simultaneously promotes. By exploring such topics as the impact of the show's satire on its diverse viewing public and the position of "The Simpsons" in sitcom and television animation history, the commentators develop insights into the ways parody intermixes with mass media to critique postmodern society.

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