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J gives an overview of the book:

9 essays looking at different popular culture and the way it deals with and is informed by social, philosophical, and political ideas. It includes Marc's infamous, seminal viral 1998 essay, Socio-political Themes in the Smurfs, published for the first time in book form. The other essays are about sexuality in the Disney 2D animated movies 1989-2002; Ideas of life, soul and liberty in Sex and the City; fatalism and education in Harry Potter; portrayals of homosexuality and 'the gay joke' in American primetime animated sitcoms during the Bush era; militarism in sci-fi futures, both socialist and fascist (Star Trek and Starship Troopers); sexualisation of tween girls and the Bratz dolls; superheroes and superpowers; and Korean cinema during the Sunshine policy era, 1998-2008. The publisher, La Comedie Humaine, is based in Korea. The English version is available as an e-...
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9 essays looking at different popular culture and the way it deals with and is informed by social, philosophical, and political ideas. It includes Marc's infamous, seminal viral 1998 essay, Socio-political Themes in the Smurfs, published for the first time in book form. The other essays are about sexuality in the Disney 2D animated movies 1989-2002; Ideas of life, soul and liberty in Sex and the City; fatalism and education in Harry Potter; portrayals of homosexuality and 'the gay joke' in American primetime animated sitcoms during the Bush era; militarism in sci-fi futures, both socialist and fascist (Star Trek and Starship Troopers); sexualisation of tween girls and the Bratz dolls; superheroes and superpowers; and Korean cinema during the Sunshine policy era, 1998-2008.

The publisher, La Comedie Humaine, is based in Korea. The English version is available as an e-book from amazon.com and itunes.

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About J

J Marc Schmidt is the creator of many graphic novels including Egg Story and All You bastards Can Go Jump Off a Bridge, a book of essays, and an ESL textbook. His work has been published in several languages. The J stands for Jonathon.

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