[Marxism] The best TV criticism I've ever read: The Wire and the World (Jacobin)

Jeffrey Masko j.alan.masko at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 11:25:58 MDT 2018


The initial review has prolly taken this in the wrong direction unless you
adhere to auteur theory. David Simon is not the the voice of the series so
using interviews as an insight is suspect from the beginning. If anything,
this should have more attention on genre and ideological structures
inherent in the film apparatus than the polite nods in that direction.
There is no reason to "dumb down" film analysis into film reviews, but this
comes close.

And whatever your personal opinion of David Simon or *The Wire,* it is part
of the dialogue on long form television that cannot be simply dismissed as
garbage. Cinematic media is rarely a straight thumbs up or down, it's
conversation (or invitation) to a cultural discussion about what
constitutes genre conventions.



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