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Truth and ConsequencesGame Shows in Fiction and Film$
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Mike Miley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825384

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825384.001.0001

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Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy

(p.212) Final Jeopardy
Truth and Consequences

Mike Miley

University Press of Mississippi

This final chapter discusses how the election of Donald Trump to the presidency alters the importance and influence of game shows on American life. The chapter examines works by Chuck Barris, Donald Barthelme, Max Apple, Philip K. Dick, and Jonathan Lethem to explore whether America will ever be free from the game show’s grasp, and how citizens can take control of the Land of the Game Show if escape is impossible. The chapter argues that resistance comes in the form of challenging the increasing triviality of American politics, encouraging readers to demand meaningful exchanges.

Keywords:   Donald Trump, Lethem, Philip K. Dick, Barthelme, Occupy

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