Social Reproduction and Political Change in The Wire

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Abstract

This paper examines a core tension in the political television serial The Wire (2002-2008). While several critics have argued that this show is both “bleak” and “systemic” in its portrayal of contemporary society, this paper argues that it is useful to understand these textual elements as building blocks in The Wire’s attempt to create a coherent and consistent political argument. The paper argues that had The Wire been structured as a more uplifting and redeeming story, the systemic nature of its societal criticism would be undercut and the show would not embrace the logical consequence of the politics it espouses.
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This paper examines a core tension in the political television serial The Wire (2002-2008). While several critics have argued that this show is both “bleak” and “systemic” in its portrayal of contemporary society, this paper argues that it is useful to understand these textual elements as building blocks in The Wire’s attempt to create a coherent and consistent political argument. The paper argues that had The Wire been structured as a more uplifting and redeeming story, the systemic nature of its societal criticism would be undercut and the show would not embrace the logical consequence of the politics it espouses.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAkademisk kvarter / Academic Quarter
Volume/Bind15
Sider (fra-til)121-136
ISSN1904-0008
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2017
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa

    Forskningsområder

  • The Wire, David Simon, tv-serier

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