Finishing My Coffee
2Dec/110

Monopoly: The Wire edition

Monopoly: The Wire Edition

Why doesn't this exist?! I would absolutely purchase, if only to shout out sheeeeeeeeeit! every time someone landed on City Hall.

10Dec/080

Chicago Is The New Baltimore

Indicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Life, as predicted by art.

Indicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Life, as predicted by art.

Clay Davis, fictional, corrupt state Senator.  Sheeeeit.

Clay Davis, fictional, corrupt state Senator. Clay, Rod. Rod, Clay. Sheeeeeeeit.

My very favorite thing about The Wire is that the series, taken as a whole, is a five season, 60 hour meditation on America's broken systems and corrupted ideals.

The series is cynical and brutally honest, but its creators --  among them Ed Burns, George Pelecanos and David Simon -- are correct. If they have a weakness, it is that they may be a touch too cynical, though even then, they are not off the mark by much.

By "correct" I don't mean just that I agree with them. I mean that The Wire's creators have put out a testable hypothesis, which has been proven true by subsequent events. The Wire is not guesswork or arguing or opinion. The Wire is tested, verified, repeatable fact. Their argument is not faith, not option, not fiction -- The Wire is Truth.

Rationale and Theory

Since WWII, key systems in America have been developed and driven by one fundamental belief, first put into action by IBM, Robert McNamara, and Ayn Rand: decisions should be based on reasoned and objective analysis of statistics.