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By J. Jeremy Wisnewski

ISBN-10: 0470632836

ISBN-13: 9780470632833

A desirable exploration of the philosophy at the back of NBC's hit television sequence, 30 Rock

With edgy writing and an excellent solid, 30 Rock is among the funniest tv exhibits 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 particularly suggest to be solid? Dr. Leo Spaceman commonly demonstrates that medication isn't really a technology, so what's the function of the incompetent expert in the United States today?

In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid participants are thrust onto the philosophical level with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to check those key questions etc that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.

Takes an exciting, up-close examine the philosophical matters at the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the that means of life

Equips you with a brand new knowing of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different characters

offers deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for looking at Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 Rock

perfect for either informal and diehard fanatics, this ebook is the basic significant other for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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I give you a simple, managerial suggestion in a professional context and I get back the second half of a Judy Blume novel. Liz: Whatever! This place is dumb! Jack: We’re going to be back at work tomorrow. Let’s not make this bigger than it is. Liz: Too late! Friendship: over! Jack: Good lord! When a relationship grows and evolves, there are likely to be tensions. Sometimes a relationship largely based on mutual usefulness and pleasure evolves into a deeper relationship based on mutual and self-sacrificial goodwill.

Think about it. They’re both incredibly ambitious personalities in the television business, but their skill sets are in different areas of that business. They need each other for their individual success. So naturally they use each other. That was always the fundamental premise of their friendship, from back when they met as actors and since they teamed up to get The Girlie Show up and running. It’s really easy to confuse (a) a friendship based on mutual utility and pleasure that happens to be a long, stable relationship with (b) the deeper one that Aristotle describes as wishing good things for the other person purely for that other person’s sake.

Nevertheless, we have these kinds of friendships, and we need them in various contexts. We name them differently than Aristotle does, because the language of utility is so . . well, utilitarian. ” A rose is a rose is a rose. indd 32 6/5/10 10:09:09 AM FRIENDSHIP ON 30 ROCK 33 principle is undeniable. We sometimes collect friends and preserve these friendships because these people are useful to us, and we really couldn’t succeed without participating in this very normal social behavior. The relationship between Tracy and Jenna Maroney, the “other” star, provides another good example of usefulness.

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