Seeing the Big Picture: Why Law Fails in The Wire

30 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2014

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John Denvir

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Popular culture can have political impact. The Wire is not only engrossing melodrama; it also tells a compelling story of how and why the American political system fails us. Because a television series like The Wire not only appeals to a much broader audience than traditional political arguments, but also transforms abstractions into concrete images aimed at both our hearts and our minds, it can play a major role in efforts to change the world for the better.

Keywords: The Wire, popular culture, American political system, television

Suggested Citation

Denvir, John, Seeing the Big Picture: Why Law Fails in The Wire (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528137 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2528137

John Denvir (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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