The Simpsons questions what is culturally acceptable, showcasing controversial issues like homosexuality, animal rights, the war on terror, and religion. This subtle form of political analysis is effective in changing opinions and attitudes on a large scale. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington explores the transformative power that enables popular culture to influence political agendas, frame the consciousness of audiences, and create profound shifts in values and ideals. To investigate the full spectrum of popular culture in a democratic society, editors Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy gather a top-tch team of scholars who use television shows such as Star Trek , The X-Files , All in the Family , The View , The Daily Show with Jon Stewart , and The Colbert Report , as well as movies and popular music, to investigate contemporary issues in American popular culture.
Timothy M. Dale, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, is coauthor of Political Thinking, Political Theory, and Civil Society. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Joseph J. Foy, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha, is the editor of Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture. He lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.