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?

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