Presentation Title

Friends, Waffles, and Work: A Lesson in Compromise from NBC's Parks and Recreation

Presenter Information

Mary-Kate BostickFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

NBC, Parks and Recreation, Compromise, Positive Government, TV Shows

Biography

My name is Mary-Kate Bostick. I am a Political Science major with an English minor. I'm in the final semester of my undergraduate degree at Marshall University. I am a Resident Advisor in Buskirk Hall. I am also involved with the Pre Law club on campus. After I graduate I am taking a gap year before pursuing Law School.

Major

Political Science

Advisor for this project

Jamie Warner

Start Date

20-4-2018 9:15 AM

End Date

20-4-2018 10:30 AM

Abstract

NBC's sitcom Parks and Recreation is a mockumentary dealing with the ins and outs of local government. Most TV media portray government as a negative force, actively trying to accomplish nothing or taking advantage of its citizens. In this paper, I will examine how humor is used in Parks and Recreation to help portray the rarity of government as a positive force. I will also shine a light on what the audience can learn from Parks and Recration and its humor style, with the main lesson being compromise.

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Apr 20th, 9:15 AM Apr 20th, 10:30 AM

Friends, Waffles, and Work: A Lesson in Compromise from NBC's Parks and Recreation

NBC's sitcom Parks and Recreation is a mockumentary dealing with the ins and outs of local government. Most TV media portray government as a negative force, actively trying to accomplish nothing or taking advantage of its citizens. In this paper, I will examine how humor is used in Parks and Recreation to help portray the rarity of government as a positive force. I will also shine a light on what the audience can learn from Parks and Recration and its humor style, with the main lesson being compromise.