Monday, September 24, 2007

‘Family Guy’ Is Philosophical

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – To some, Family Guy is just a crudely funny cartoon, but for a New York-based philosophy professor, the show is no joke.

Jeremy Wisnewski – who’s a professor of philosophy at Hartwick College – has just edited Family Guy and Philosophy (Blackwell), a book that features humorous essays by American philosophers that delve into the real meaning behind The Griffin Family and their life on Family Guy.

But while you may think the show is just another thing on TV, Wisnewski says there’s more to Family Guy than dirty jokes, cheap shots, and a baby who wants world domination.

Wisnewski argues, “Family Guy is one of the most misunderstood shows out there. It’s not just about pop culture. It covers deep topics like Freudian psychology, religion, and feminism, all while making you laugh.”

Wisnewski says the biggest misconception about Family Guy is that it’s “low-brow humor full of fart jokes,” when in fact, it resembles the work of one of history’s greatest comedic philosophers.

Wisnewski explains, “If you look at old philosophers like Aristophanes, you’ll see that they relied on crudeness to get people to open up their minds. Aristophanes talked about masturbation, bodily functions, and even made jokes about God farting, and no one thought he was low-brow. Family Guy isn’t low-brow either.”

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