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11 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 491 (2008-2009)
Respect My Authority - South Park's Expression of Legal Ideology and Contribution to Legal Culture

handle is hein.journals/vanep11 and id is 497 raw text is: VANDERBILT JOURNAL OF
ENTERTAINMENT AND
TECHNOLOGY LAW
VOLUME 11                 SPRING 2009                  NUMBER 3
Respect My Authority!
South Park's Expression of
Legal Ideology and Contribution to
Legal Culture
Kimberlianne Podlas*
ABSTRACT
This Article recognizes that television programs outside of the
law genre can engage in legal discourse: to wit, South Park. South
Park has been called one of the most profane programs on television as
well as one of the most ideological. Indeed, through sophisticated, no-
holds-barred satire, South Park contemplates a number of American
culture's most complex and contentious legal issues.  This Article
systematically analyzes the legal ideologies conveyed by South Park,
combining an interpretive ethnographic analysis with quantitative
content analyses. Ultimately, these examinations reveal that South
Park communicates a libertarian ideology of law.    In doing so,
however, it does not so much tell us what to think, as it provides us
with a framework for how we think. In this manner, South Park
informs how we think through legislation, perceive the law's authority
*    Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
Department of Media Studies. J.D., SUNY Buffalo School of Law, cum laude; B.A., SUNY
Buffalo, magna cum laude. Please direct correspondence regarding this article to:
k.podlas@uncg.edu. The author would like to thank the journal staff for their patience and
tenacity.

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