Well, this is the first time I’ve seen students address this aspect of Season Two. I’m real proud of you guys. Most students just say, “I don’t like it as well as Season One.” But you are articulating why, and I like that. However, check it out: Don’t forget that Simon’s metanarrative is about race AND class. He wants to show how working class people are also struggling as entire industries are abandoned in favor of the profit motives of capitalists. Don’t worry, we’ll get closer on most of this, but if Simon is to remain true to his project–that our country has given itself over to rabid and destructive capitalism, he has to show how it matters for everyone.
We learned from Hill about the ways that institutions perpetuate racism. It will never be solved focusing on the acts of individuals. What institutional practices stand out to you so far?
How does the “American Dream” figure in what we ar3e seeing in “The Wire”? What is the American Dream? Do our characters believe in the American Dream? Do you?
Welcome to the University of Richmond and the First Year Seminar on “Watching the Wire”. I’m one of your co-instructors, Andrea Y. Simpson, Associate Professor of Political Science. Erik Nielson, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts, is our guest co-instructor this year. I look forward to teaching it every year, and this year “The Wire” resonates with the state of our cities more than ever before. Be warned, future “Wireheads”–this is not a series about gangsters. It is without a doubt entertaining, but it is also a reflection, a contemplation, a protest, and a critique of mainstream views on urban crime, policing, politics, education, housing, and the economy. Strap yourselves in–prepare for what we hope will be a challenging, stimulating, and revelatory experience in media as a tool for social change.