J102 - The Wire: When Journalism Meets Drama
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The class will explore the relationship between real crime, popular fiction and television, specifically The Wire. The class will examine how The Wire established a new cultural narrative about life for the ethnically diverse residents of the decaying centers of America’s post-industrial cities and their relationship with the largely white law enforcement and criminal justice bureaucracy that plays such a commanding role in their lives. The class will contrast the Baltimore story line with two other urban settings with different racial and cultural profiles, namely Miami/Dade and Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston.
This is one of my classes next year.