…which prompted this letter to the Sydney Morning Herald earlier in the week:
My husband, a retired philosophy professor, has what I have identified as The Wire Syndrome. After watching all five series on DVD he seems to think he is a black teenage Baltimore drug dealer, on a ”corner”. His conversation is peppered with: ”awright”, ”ya feel me”, ”yo”, ”I need re-up” and ”we gotta get Marlo”. He has also developed a strange slow and rhythmic gait. Is there a cure?
Kay Cambourn Balmain East
Which was, you know, whatever, until the next day’s paper arrived, carrying this magnificent response:
Imitation is a sincere form of flattery. I would be wary, Kay, when your husband starts looking at nail guns on your next trip to Bunnings.
Jodie Alvaro Casula
(Bunnings is like Australian Home Depot)
We’ve said before that I’m not a comic books guy, but I’ve loved a Batman movie, and, I suppose, enjoyed two of them. Also, I’ve read The Dark Knight Returns.
And if I think about Batman long enough — just to show how much of a nerd I am — I always start to think; yeah, well, you know who he wouldn’t stand a chance against?
Like, freal. What’s Bruce Wayne going to do, heavy the corner boys? Ask them who they report to? You snitch to Batman I’m pretty sure you’ve got Snoop and Chris Partlow paying you a visit. And if Omar couldn’t take out Marlo I’m pretty sure Batman couldn’t.
Batman might terrify Gotham, but he’d be wildly ineffective in Baltimore.
Really, this post is more about me being a liberal than it is about me being a nerd.
And I think it’s telling that these days it actually makes me sad when I hear about a book I love being adapted for the big screen—television as done by HBO, Showtime, and the BBC is where it’s at in terms of drama nowadays.
Matt Yglesias, “The Man in the High Castle,” Think Progress, October 14, 2010
Ugh. This is just Anglophilia, nothing else. Look, the BBC has been responsible for some excellent programming, and even in recent years, it’s produced “The Office” and “Extras,” both of which are worthy of being spoken about as being among the zenith of contemporary television. But talking about the channel in the same breath as modern day HBO? That’s just ridiculous. The BBC isn’t coming with “The Wire” or “The Sopranos” or even “True Blood,” really; it’s not even on AMC’s level now that has “Mad Men.” Even in terms of more populist drama, the BBC hasn’t been able to match the cream of 21st century American television. (I’m talking “Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.,” “Gilmore Girls,” etc.) And where HBO shows are concerned at least, the Poms agree with me.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. America has a great advantage where culture industries are concerned. It has a massive population, a lot of money and the ability to wield economies of scale in a highly effective way. They’re an educated people with a rich history of combining the innovative with the popular. It’s no surprise that they’re responsible for the best television around.