30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There (The by William Irwin

By William Irwin

A desirable exploration of the philosophy in the back of NBC’s hit television sequence, 30 RockWith edgy writing and an outstanding solid, 30 Rock is likely one of the funniest tv indicates at the air—and the place hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy moral heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody shoes", yet what does it quite suggest to be stable? Dr. Leo Spaceman often demonstrates that drugs isn't a technological know-how, so what's the function of the incompetent expert in the United States today?In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow forged contributors are thrust onto the philosophical degree with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to check those key questions and so forth that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.Takes an pleasing, up-close examine the philosophical concerns at the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the that means of lifeEquips you with a brand new figuring out of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different charactersGives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for observing Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 RockIdeal for either informal and diehard enthusiasts, this booklet is the fundamental better half for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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Some of us were perplexed about what it means to be a close friend, much less a friend at all. It’s strange, isn’t it—when you start asking really basic questions about something as familiar as friendship, it becomes puzzling. Does friendship require that you’ve known this person for a really long time? Does it require that you’ve made sacrifices for this person? Does it require that you’ve been through bad times as well as good times together? We found it hard to answer these questions. The disagreement got even more complicated when we started talking about Jack Donaghy and his relationship with Liz Lemon.

So when I helped you win that LEGO thing, when I thought we were having fun together I was actually embarrassing you? Is that right, Jack? Jack [looking very uncomfortable]: Uh . . while we’re here I need you to call me “Mr. ” Liz [looking angry and hurt]: I get it. indd 39 6/5/10 10:09:11 AM 40 DAN YI M cool Six Sigma friends I can go back to the lake with the fat kids and make bracelets. Jack: Lemon, you know how important this is to me. I’ve got my speech tonight . . Liz: Yeah. Don’t worry.

Indd 29 6/5/10 10:09:08 AM 30 DAN YI M Jordan’s relationship with his ridiculously loyal entourage of Grizz and Dot Com. How about the occasional odd alliance between Tracy and Jenna? Are they friends? What does it even mean to be “friends”? Well, this is what sometimes happens when a conversation gets philosophical. I’m sad to say that our conversation went nowhere, partly because we were on our fourth round of drinks, but mostly because we skipped a crucial step: coming up with common criteria and definitions of friendship.

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