“It Is What It Is”: The Wire and the Politics of Anti-Allegorical Television Drama

@article{Herbert2012ItIW,
  title={“It Is What It Is”: The Wire and the Politics of Anti-Allegorical Television Drama},
  author={D. Herbert},
  journal={Quarterly Review of Film and Video},
  year={2012},
  volume={29},
  pages={191 - 202}
}
  • D. Herbert
  • Published 2012
  • Art
  • Quarterly Review of Film and Video
  • The first episode of the final season of The Wire (2002-2008) began with an instructive scene. Several Baltimore policemen question a young man about his possible involvement in a crime. After following proper procedure for interrogating a suspect without a lawyer, the officers rig a Xerox copier to pose as a polygraph machine. The suspect lays his hand inside the copier, and as the detectives question him, the copier scans his hand but emits preprinted forms that say “true” or “lie,” depending… CONTINUE READING
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