The Wire Shows Up in Many Classes

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A former Org Theory student, Evan Unger, sent me this story.

Interestingly, the classes aren’t just in film studies or media studies departments; they’re turning up in social science disciplines as well, places where the preferred method of inquiry is the field study or the survey, not the HBO series, even one that is routinely called the best television show ever. Some sociologists and social anthropologists, it turns out, believe The Wire has something to teach their students about poverty, class, bureaucracy, and the social ramifications of economic change.

I was at a cofnerence last year in Baltimore with a whole session on the show.  One of my favorite stories is that it is very popular in the UK and Germany.  I wonder how you translate the show into German?

What did you think about the portrayal of virtue and corruption amongst the drug gang (Stringer and Avon), Omar and Bump (the murder detective), and Stringer and the construction managers?

The article points out that professor like me use the show to present a view of urban life that students can relate to.  Wouldn’t, you know, going into impoverished areas be a better way to build empathy?


First Post Instructions

You will do TWO posts this week!

1) Write a post evaluating one post from either of the last two Org Theory blogs. Bloginization,  Spring 2009. or The Way Things Work: Organizations, Spring 2007. Your post should include a link to the original and focus on the strengths of the post why you were interested in it, and how it could be improved and updated.

2) Take any news story or posting from an approved blog and discuss how the org perspective matters or adds to the story.  The approved blogs can be found on Bloginization on the “Where to Get Ideas” page.

The org perspective can be:

  • A definition of an organization
  • The multiple levels of analysis
  • The three paradigms