The 'South Park' Phenomenon

The movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut opens, provoking the same controversy the animated series generated when it first aired on cable TV. The cartoon feature's plot has four third-graders sneaking into an R-rated movie and emerging with a newly profane vocabulary... and eventually a war with Canada. The movie's satiric point is that Americans would rather blame outside influences for their childrens' misbehavior than look at their own parenting skills. Guests are Chris Norris, staff writer for Spin magazine, who contributed to the March 1998 cover issue on South Park; and Douglas Rushkoff, author of Playing the Future: What We Can Learn From Digital Kids and a professor of media culture at New York University.



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