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How come people are obsessed with stories about police work and law enforcement? Isn’t the crime rate actually falling?

I believe that the main reason that people are obsessed with stories about police work and law enforcement is because they trust in the fact that the media acts as the 4th estate, playing the role of watchdog over government, … Continue reading

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Is The Wire a fair depiction of the American culture of violence at its logical end? What did your field work teach you? What did the guest speakers have to say?

For the most part, I feel that The Wire is a very fair depiction of the American culture of violence that defines urban life in the United States.  However, this culture of violence is definitely not at its logical end.  … Continue reading

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David Simon says The Wire is “political.” Do you agree?

I agree with this statement in every single way.  Even upon watching the entire series a few years ago, the politics of every group of characters stuck out at me like a sore thumb.  Obviously, politics completely defines the inner-workings … Continue reading

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Is West Baltimore a fair representation of underclass crime and violence elsewhere in the country. How about the Bay Area? What is your sense of the context of crime and violence as you observed it in your field work?

Having toured the country over 25 times with past heavy metal and punk rock bands that I’ve played in, I’ve seen a lot of slums, ghettos, and poverty-stricken cities across the entire nation.  While I currently live in the Bay … Continue reading

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