Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Wisdom of THE WIRE........

Watching Season 5 of THE WIRE, my first impression was kind of smug. Boy! If this isn't a Chamber of Commerce in Reverse for the city of Baltimore. That's one hole I don't want to visit based on the way it's depicted on this show.

But when you stop and think about it, THE WIRE is not at all about Baltimore. No, sir. It just takes place there. It's actually a scathing indictment of every large city in America....INCLUDING LOS ANGELES!

If there's one thing I got out of this show, it's how, on every level, the personal agendas of rotten people, from the gangs on the streets to the gangs in City Hall, affects millions of lives. The machine is broken, and as ambitious gang members, cops, politicians, city officials and journalists jockey for power and promotion, the rest of us pay the price for it.

Well, shucks! That's the message I got out of it, anyway. Isn't that enough to wipe a smile off of a smug face?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you're right, but what should be done about it?
this remains the most important question!