I haven’t watched South Park in years, but when I did I tended to agree with the conclusion of this article that it’s too preachy for its own good. Still, the article’s title gives me an idea or two.
South Park and Philosophy could be better than most of the Randomly Chosen Segment of Pop Culture and Philosophy books that are coming out I think. Not that there isn’t still potential for life in the genre. Baseball and Philosophy has been done already, so maybe it’s time for NFL and Philosophy, or WWE and Philosophy, or, one that raises genuine ethical concerns, Joe Millionaire and Philosophy. OK, those are jokes, but I think Real World and Philosophy could be spectacular. And if someone didn’t know what it really was, you could list the book title on the CV without arousing suspicions. Brilliant! (That last sentence, by the way, will be the title of my entry in Guinness and Philosophy.)
I had an idea the other week for a book where every chapter was kinda like a paper for a volume like that, ranging from the somewhat serious (e.g. 24 and Philosophy) to the complete joke (e.g. Teletubbies and Philosophy).
I couldn’t work out the marketing plan for the book though. One thought was that each chapter could be co-written with a different author, a la The 6ths, but I didn’t really see how that would help the marketing. It would be fun to write all those chapters though, particularly if I chose the co-authors correctly.
Another was to basically make it a 101 textbook, with the underlying aim being to cover all the bases for a 101 course, and use the pop culture to draw in the masses. It might work, but it could date fairly quickly. All I need is for it to catch fire on the textbook market one year though and I’d be sorta rich. My reputation for serious philosophy would take such a hit that I’d probably never get offered another academic gig, but since I just landed a 40-year, multi-million dollar contract maybe that isn’t a concern.