The Wire

I’m not shocked that Harvard University announced that it will offer a class on “The Wire”.  If the class was offered at Indiana University while I was a student there, I would probably have taken, or at least tried.  I took a class called Sports and Film, which was awesome, as well as a class that focused solely on the spirituality of “The Simpsons”.  At Harvard, “The Wire” will be used as a case study in poverty in America, and several cast members were on hand at University panel last week to talk about the show and how it lends itself to study and to change.  Harvard professor William J. Wilson boasted about the show’s scholarly merit saying, “I do not hesitate to say that it has done more to enhance our understanding of the challenges of urban life and the problems of urban inequality, more than any other media event or scholarly publication.”  That’s quite a mouthful, and I hate to say, somewhat of a sad statement that it’s a TV show HBO Show that is hailed as the greatest tool to communicate “challenges of urban life and the problems of urban inequality.”  The show was unquestionably superb, but I’m not sure it did all that…Nonetheless, expect the class to fill up and do so quickly.