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Is "The Wire" An Accurate Look At Baltimore Inner-City Life?

With the recent riots and unrest in Baltimore, many are looking to HBO's hit show "The Wire" as an example of life in the inner city. Is this comparison a fair one?

62% of writers and pundits say no
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last 24 hours | pjmedia
How Accurately Does David Simon's The Wire Reflect Baltimore's Reality? - PJ Media (blog)
"...n the reporting on Freddie Gray's death and the rioting it engendered, a sub-genre has emerged, one devoted to asking how closely The Wire reflects reality in West Baltimore (one example of this sub-genre is here, in the Washington Post). I've never been to Baltimore so I won't pretend to know the answer, but I've been a cop for more than 30 years, most of it spent in parts of Los Angeles similar to those in Baltimore portrayed in Mr. Simon's work. Having read his books and watched the television shows he created, I have no doubt that The Wire, for all the dramatic license employed here and there through the five seasons, is as real as any television drama ever will be. (I've written in praise of the show previously, here, here, and here.)..." see full article


1242 days ago | pjmedia
Does HBO's 'The Wire' Accurately Reflect Baltimore? | PJ Media
"...In the reporting on Freddie Gray's death and the rioting it engendered, a sub-genre has emerged, one devoted to asking how closely The Wire reflects reality in West Baltimore (one example of this sub-genre is here, in the Washington Post). I've never been to Baltimore so I won't pretend to know the answer, but I've been a cop for more than 30 years, most of it spent in parts of Los Angeles similar to those in Baltimore portrayed in Mr. Simon's work. Having read his books and watched the television shows he created, I have no doubt that The Wire, for all the dramatic license employed here and there through the five seasons, is as real as any television drama ever will be. ..." see full article


1242 days ago | socialistworker
Reconsidering The Wire - Socialist Worker Online
"... People were hostile toward The Wire for a multiplicity of reasons. Some felt it was like gangster rap for a more sophisticated audience, glorifying Black-on-Black hyper-masculine street violence while selling itself as somehow more literate and ennobling to consume..." see full article


1257 days ago | thenation
'The Game Done Changed': Reconsidering 'The Wire' Amidst the Baltimore ... - The Nation. (blog)

"...My Baltimore friends who had seen the show also believed, given the police violence in their town, that The Wire's view of Baltimore's finest was almost comically kind. The one policeman who accidentally shoots someone (a fellow officer) not only isn't prosecuted but gets reintroduced later in the series as a big-hearted public school teacher. And then other people just said to me that living in Baltimore was a struggle and the idea of anyone making commerce out of their pain was simply not their idea of entertainment...." see full article


1259 days ago | variety
Why 'The Wire' Should Be Must-See TV for Baltimore Pundits - Variety
"...Yes, it's a fictional series. But having worked as a crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun, the show's creator David Simon clearly recognized the intractable problems that plague the city, layering them upon each other from season to season and building toward one inexorable conclusion: Despite the inevitable posturing and pronouncements, nothing was going to get done...." see full article


1263 days ago | blogs.indiewire
Daily Reads: Why 'The Wire' Can't Explain Baltimore, the Myth of the Sacred ... - Indie Wire (blog)
"...But while I believe passionately that culture alters the way we see the world and what we expect from it that idea is literally the foundation of my writing the conflagration in Baltimore is a reminder that art's power can work both in service of change and against it. Watching a fictional story is not precisely the same thing as bearing witness. And when consuming that story becomes a substitute for action or an argument that action is futile, fiction can paralyze us just as surely as it can inspire us...." see full article


1264 days ago | washingtonpost
Why 'The Wire' doesn't explain the Baltimore riots - Washington Post

"...Though Simon a former Baltimore Sun reporter and longtime Baltimore resident spoke with hard-earned authority, some have pointed out that his TV vision of Baltimore doesn't tell the whole story. In fact, it might disempower those the showrunner sought to help by exposing Charm City's seamier side...." see full article


1265 days ago | washingtonpost
'The Wire,' the burning of Baltimore and the limits of art - Washington Post

"...Watching a fictional story is not precisely the same thing as bearing witness. And when consuming that story becomes a substitute for action or an argument that action is futile, fiction can paralyze us just as surely as it can inspire us...." see full article



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