Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question? by Shaun P. YoungJeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question? by Shaun P. Young

Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question?

EditorShaun P. Young

Paperback | November 16, 2012

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Since its debut in 1964,Jeopardy! has been one of America's favorite and longest-running daytime quiz shows. It turns the question-answer format of traditional quiz shows on its head and requires contestants to pose correct questions to answers in selected categories. While mining information and facts from Alchemy to Zoology,Jeopardy!, is a uniquely intellectual, erudite, and challenging daytime television program. Far beyond entertaining its fans with nail-biting contests of knowledge, memory, and speed, it all but requires them to participate. Few people watchJeopardy! without pressing an invisible button and blurting out questions to their TV screen.Because of this personal and intellectual investment, mostJeopardy! fans are devout. Watching the show is valued as a daily ritual in which genuine intellectual skill and encyclopedic knowledge (as opposed to thin Hollywood depictions such as those inBig Bang Theory orRain Man) are not only respected and placed in the spotlight, but also rewarded with national prestige and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this volume) has won over three million dollars and remained champion seventy-four times. For those who embraceJeopardy! as an intellectual oasis in the arid desert of popular culture, it is the geeks who shall inherit the earth.Jeopardy!'s celebration of intellect and forward-thinking is well recognized throughout popular culture and among all age groups. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and other all-time champions are near celebrities, while the show itself regularly reaches out through special tournaments to different segments of American culture, such as actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and college students (Teen Tournament and College Championship Jeopardy!) and senior citizens (Senior Tournament Jeopardy!). Still, despite its widespread respect and, some might complain, smug self-respect, neither the show nor its fans take themselves too seriously. Jokes about host Alex Trebek's hair and famous parodies ofJeopardy! onSaturday Night Live are as familiar as Weird Al Yankovic's MTV-mainstay 'I Lost on Jeopardy!' (to the tune of 'Our Love's in Jeopardy'):Don't know what I was thinkin' of,I guess I just wasn't too bright.Well, I sure hope I do betterNext weekend onThe Price Is Right. Since its debut in 1964,Jeopardy! has been one of America's favorite and longest-running daytime quiz shows. It turns the question-answer format of traditional quiz shows on its head and requires contestants to pose correct questions to answers in selected categories. While mining information and facts from Alchemy to Zoology,Jeopardy!, is a uniquely intellectual, erudite, and challenging daytime television program. Far beyond entertaining its fans with nail-biting contests of knowledge, memory, and speed, it all but requires them to participate. Few people watchJeopardy! without pressing an invisible button and blurting out questions to their TV screen.Because of this personal and intellectual investment, mostJeopardy! fans are devout. Watching the show is valued as a daily ritual in which genuine intellectual skill and encyclopedic knowledge (as opposed to thin Hollywood depictions such as those inBig Bang Theory orRain Man) are not only respected and placed in the spotlight, but also rewarded with national prestige and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this volume) has won over three million dollars and remained champion seventy-four times. For those who embraceJeopardy! as an intellectual oasis in the arid desert of popular culture, it is the geeks who shall inherit the earth.Jeopardy!'s celebration of intellect and forward-thinking is well recognized throughout popular culture and among all age groups. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and other all-time champions are near celebrities, while the show itself regularly reaches out through special tournaments to different segments of American culture, such as actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and college students (Teen Tournament and College Championship Jeopardy!) and senior citizens (Senior Tournament Jeopardy!). Still, despite its widespread respect and, some might complain, smug self-respect, neither the show nor its fans take themselves too seriously. Jokes about host Alex Trebek's hair and famous parodies ofJeopardy! onSaturday Night Live are as familiar as Weird Al Yankovic's MTV-mainstay 'I Lost on Jeopardy!' (to the tune of 'Our Love's in Jeopardy'):Don't know what I was thinkin' of,I guess I just wasn't too bright.Well, I sure hope I do betterNext weekend onThe Price Is Right.
Title:Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question?Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:November 16, 2012Publisher:Carus PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812697995

ISBN - 13:9780812697995

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