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What philosophies does Ron Swanson follow?

In the first episode of Parks & Rec, Ron Swanson sums himself up quite well in a talking head, when he describes himself as a libertarian. Libertarianism is a collection of political ...
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Is the mockumentary format diegetic in Parks and Rec?

There is only reason to assume it's non-diegetic. The motivation for filming is never disclosed. The characters never interact with what would be an in-universe film crew - they only address them (...
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Is the mockumentary format diegetic in Parks and Rec?

In the pilot episode, Ron asks "did you guys get a grant to do this" ('this' referring to the filming), which as far as I can remember is the only moment in the show where the actual camera ...
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What philosophies does Ron Swanson follow?

I think he is parodying an unpopular philosophy that's familiar to Americans. It's not so much that he subverts an American philosophy, but rather a modern philosophy. Since Ron Swanson is an ...
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Who is filming the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department?

Just a documentary crew. The makers were inspired by The Office: You don’t choose mockumentary randomly as a style to shoot a show in—you choose it because it serves the themes and the ideas of the ...
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Why is there censorship in Parks and Recreation?

The show was filmed as if it were a documentary about the government, specifically following the Parks and Recreation team. This is why there are a lot of times where the cast look directly at the ...
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What philosophies does Ron Swanson follow?

The catchall term for Ron's behavior is rugged individualism. The stubby Wikipedia entry for that notion focuses on Herbert Hoover, since he popularized the phrase during his 1928 run for office, ...
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What was the movie Tom referred to when arguing with Chris?

Kundun This Fader article seems certain that the music is from Philip Glass's score of Kundun, the 1997 Martin Scorsese film about the Dalai Lama. A monk died in it, though I don't think he killed ...
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Why is there censorship in Parks and Recreation?

Parks and Recreation is an NBC production. NBC is one of the big three American broadcasting companies. ABC, NBC, and CBS produce television shows to air on their networks, which are geared towards ...
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Is there any connection between Liz and Ron’s office food pictures?

Ron and Liz are both cartoonishly passionate about food. Liz's relationship with food is a primary character trait. As goofy as 30 Rock is, it's striking how consistently Liz uses food as a defense or ...
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Is there any connection between Liz and Ron’s office food pictures?

There are no doubt a number of crossover similarities between the two shows. Some of them are outlined here. Obviously, both of them worked on SNL at the same time and this no doubt led to the ...
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