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May 26, 2007

For Show 44 we delve into the surprisingly deep mire that is television these days. From content to culture, we examine where the boob tube is currently and where it may be heading. Are we on the brink of a new era, where we see the transformation of an iconic technology into something almost unrecognizable? Or will TV more or less always be the way it is, a creation that hit the nail so squarely on the head that it needs no evolution? More importantly, what value should this often vapid landscape hold for us as individuals?

Opening Music: "Fire In The Sky" by Dave London
Closing Music: "ET" by Peplab


twelve and a half years ago

I\'ll very neatly sidestep your commentary on state of television and instead ask about whether or not you guys have seen The Wire. I would assume so (although I couldn\'t find any mention in your TV section on liquid29), but if not, this TV show will help to restore your faith in the medium. (To at least frame this in the context of the show, The Wire in fact did suffer some of the problems of ‘ADD culture’ as evidenced by consistently poor ratings due to plot complexity, slowly-paced story and character development (relatively speaking) and poor timeslots. It is interesting to note, however, that HBO did in fact allow the show to run in its entirety and largely gave the creator fee reign. A final season has been ordered, so there is some hope left.)

I guess all you can say is that if you want to ruin every other program you will ever see, watch The Wire, because it sets an impossibly high standard. All hyperbole aside, I highly, highly recommend it. Incredible characters, incredible realism and incredible writing.

In short: you could be murdered before ever watching an episode, which would be analogous to dying as an unbaptised orthodox catholic. So go forth!