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“Are we there yet?”: Searching for Springfield and the Simpsons' rhetoric of omnitopia
Critical Studies in Media Communication (2005)
  • Andrew F Wood, San Jose State University
  • Anne Marie Todd, S, San Jose State University
Abstract
The Simpsons’ visual and textual depiction of Springfield as a typical American city provides an insightful critique of the modern project. We demonstrate how America’s longest running sitcom depicts urban life as a mutable environment whose disparate locales convey their inhabitants to a ubiquitous, ever-present continuum that we term ‘‘omnitopia.’’ In depicting Springfield as omnitopia, the show offers a cartoon version of public life marked by dislocation, conflation, fragmentation, mutability, mobility, and commodification. The study of these components provides a means to interpret and critique the increasing decline of locales in the urban environment.
Keywords
  • Locale,
  • Modernity,
  • Omnitopia,
  • Popular Culture,
  • Simpsons,
  • Urbanity
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Publication Date
2005
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Citation Information
Andrew F Wood and Anne Marie Todd. "“Are we there yet?”: Searching for Springfield and the Simpsons' rhetoric of omnitopia" Critical Studies in Media Communication Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (2005) ISSN: 1529-5036
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrew_wood/11/