Perception of The Wire

The readings for class on Monday are discussions of David Simon as an author with relation to The Wire. We get four different representations of him based on the four different readings, including his own representation of himself. Although, each article highlighted a slightly different version of him. The interview seemed to be what he saw himself to be as an author ideally. In some ways, this is the least important perspective because although only he knows what he means to convey, he does not know how the content of his narratives will be received. In a way, the perspective of someone observing Simon’s works is more valid. Simon may have intended The Wire to be received one way, when in reality it is received in another. This is why the article was so interesting to me.

In it, they talk about how The Wire lacks realistic positivity, and that the darkness is overwhelming. This is a concept that we discussed in class. The darkness of the show has the ability to make viewers uneasy, and at times it is over the top. Usually though, I think that the darkness is an element to Simon’s overall argument about how institutions damage those who it is meant for. This could potentially be an interesting topic of discussion. Is the negativity in the show too much, or does it operate within the argument of The Wire?

I am of the belief that although there are instances where the content of the show is unnecessarily dark, it usually serves the purpose of exposing the evils of certain institutions. I would even go so far as to argue that the overall message of The Wire is positive. I think that most characters maintain a bright outlook, or have some scrap of happiness to hold onto. This is despite the sometimes appalling negativity. This serves the purpose of imprinting an overall feeling of hope. That’s part of the reason why I think the show is so captivating. We want to see the characters hope come true.

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