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By William Irwin

A desirable exploration of the philosophy at the back of NBC’s hit television sequence, 30 RockWith edgy writing and a very good solid, 30 Rock is without doubt one of 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 strong? Dr. Leo Spaceman normally demonstrates that medication isn't really a technological know-how, so what's the function of the incompetent specialist in the US today?In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid individuals are thrust onto the philosophical level with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to ascertain those key questions etc that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.Takes an wonderful, up-close examine the philosophical concerns in the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the which means of lifeEquips you with a brand new realizing of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different charactersGives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for looking at Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 RockIdeal for either informal and diehard fanatics, this booklet is the basic spouse for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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The first type of injustice—when an equal fails to treat another equal as such—can be seen on the numerous occasions that Liz lies, such as when she lied about her age while dating Jamie (“Cougars”), lied about her hobbies in order to date Drew (“Generalissimo”), lied to Tracy Jordon that he won a “Pacific Rim Emmy” (“Secrets and Lies”), lied to Jack about not calling him “a moron” (“MILF Island”), lied to increase her chances of adoption (“Do-Over”), or lied to manipulate Kenneth into helping her recover her cell phone (“Larry King”).

Kenneth can’t even figure out how to turn on the television, and this makes Tracy realize that he likes being deceived, coddled, and served. He likes being the emperor with no clothes. He prefers the fantasy world where he’s the center of the universe even if it’s totally undeserved. This is the glue of usefulness that makes his friendship with Grizz and Dot Com stick. In their case, it goes both ways. Grizz and Dot Com certainly benefit from their friendship with Tracy. They get to attend swanky parties, eat and drink at exotic clubs on Tracy’s dime, and meet lots of celebrities.

You can’t say “adoy” to me in mixed company. Liz: Oh . . okay [with great sarcasm]. So when I helped you win that LEGO thing, when I thought we were having fun together I was actually embarrassing you? Is that right, Jack? Jack [looking very uncomfortable]: Uh . . while we’re here I need you to call me “Mr. ” Liz [looking angry and hurt]: I get it. indd 39 6/5/10 10:09:11 AM 40 DAN YI M cool Six Sigma friends I can go back to the lake with the fat kids and make bracelets. Jack: Lemon, you know how important this is to me.

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