The Simpsons

Date: Sep 17, 2019
Category: Art

Pop culture makes people embrace differing types of modernities in the quest of having a better comprehension of alternating contexts and experiences. Similarly, the main products of pop culture have a correlation with struggles that do not advocate for the hegemonic groups. Products of pop culture thus carry the mutual goal of coming up with appropriate solutions that will come in handy in certain predicaments. Products of pop culture are detrimental to the society as they may give a negative representation of gender relations without considering progressive thought. The semiotic analysis will focus on ‘The Simpsons’, which is an animated television that qualifies to be a product of pop culture. According to the signs of life, a connotative meaning of this product is the ability to use situational comedy or sitcom as its premise. The show borrows a sense of humour from cultural references that encompass a wide spectrum of the society in the quest of ensuring that the viewer finds the sitcom interesting. The sitcom appears to be very American and inculcates a presumption that America is a society that has been embedded on fast foods and utterly superficial thinking capabilities. The show has been a long running prime television series given that it has twenty six seasons.

Additionally, the sense of humour portrayed in the show is satirically inclined to the values of American culture and Western popular Culture. The Simpsons has been an integral part of the contemporary popular culture. The culture serves as a satirical depiction of the American way of life that has been embraced by the Simpson family. It is also apparent that the visuals of this show comprise of primary colours with a basic drawing style. The visuals ensure that every character in the show is given some sense of individuality.

Simpson’s characters are sign of a particular division in the American society. An apt example is Lisa whose character traits have been embodied to the generation X. Lisa has a strong commitment and her character is a sign that she still upholds cultural relativism while at the same maintaining the aura of an innocent young girl. Generally, the Simpsons go beyond the normal superficial cartoon that one sees when watching the show for the first time. However, its simple cartoon appearance gives in a simplistic appearance which is not the case.

In fact, from a connotation perspective, one can observe much more in the sitcom. For instance, all the characters taking part in the show are seen to be having a yellow complexion. However, the colour code matching is broken by Apu and Dr. Hibert because they are seen as having a brown skin tone. A connotative analysis dictates that the two distinct colour tones are a depiction of two different communities which are Indians and the Black Americans. Contrary to sentiments of others, the yellow skin tone would not connotatively infer the white Americans because it seems like the directors of the show are refraining from using the words white Americans and Black Americans. Generally, the Simpsons is a show that adopts a cultural phenomenon whose gravity has been revolving around in modern sitcoms that derive humour from the American culture.

 

The show brings much more than what one might see or think about the characters. In addition, the characters can use their comical personalities and stereotypes in shaping their personalities. Dr. Hibert, for instance, takes the place of a stereotype who finds a sense of humour in everything thus laughing every now and then. The laughing is a symbolic sign that depicts how the blacks laugh notwithstanding the nature of the status quo. They just find everything humorous and this has been aptly portrayed by the character.

In addition, the Simpsons is a show that has established itself in the American culture and by laying special emphasis on the contemporary American culture. It is technically an intricate cultural artifact that borrows from the sitcom of a traditional nuclear family. It is equally important to acknowledge that the characters in the Simpsons have been depicted as cultural ambassadors whose contribution in the key component of Africa is significant.

It is also evident that the show makes the viewer question some of the prevailing solid ideologies in America and how the show as a commercial product contributes in the perpetuation of some of the prevailing ideologies. An apt illustration from the show is when the Simpsons family decided to eat out in an American restaurant where they encountered a Japanese waiter. Based on the conversation between the family and the waitress, the waiter makes it clear that she has gone through the American system of education and thus she doesn’t know anything.  Moreover, the waiter insinuates that because he has been in America, they make poor quality cars and substandard electronic gadgets. The scenario can be found in episode number two hundred and twenty six. This connection goes to the part of history where America was undergoing a recession and was receiving competition because its products were not up to standard and the imports were exceeding the exports.

Therefore, the Simpson has used a satire to depict the class of the American society while observed from another different society, the Japanese society in this case. A cultural significance of the Simpsons sheds insights on some of the factors that have contributed in making the sitcom as big as it has been today. Even though it conforms to a humorous cartoon foundation, the show encompasses several narratives that use jokes that have some truth in them. Apparently, some episodes of the show have blatantly taken advantage of some of the cultural issues that have been prevailing in the American political arena. In the eleventh episode of the Simpsons, for instance, the 20th episode entails a child actress who expresses her sentiments on the class she teaches. In fact, all through the sitcom, one can observe several cultural inferences all of which give a reflection on the cultural history of America through adopting a funny mannerism.

The shows also embrace a historical culture because it might not be in a position to comment on on-going events because its production takes about six months. Moreover, the Simpsons has an implication of compelling Americans to focus on their societies and have a reflection on the American society and culture. However, if the Simpsons reflects on cultural mainstream, the viewers will express a great dissatisfaction with what is taking place and gives them the Americans to work on the cultural perceptions that do not sit well with the American society. The show this serves as an index and what should be taken into consideration is the connotations that are not directly communicated in the sitcom.

The Simpson as a product of pop culture has been playing a significant role in shaping the historical and cultural landscape of America through an amalgam of humorous reflections that touch on the society’s way of life. The show goes beyond entertainment by being the state of satire in America today even though the episodes always have a conflation between satire and reality. Similarly, the show has played a substantial role in introducing American culture from a broader perspective that touches on American values and their family households as a whole.