The New Yorker Profiles David Simon
The New Yorker ran a profile on The Wire creator, David Simon. Warning: It's long.
“The Wire,” Simon often says, is a show about how contemporary American society—and, particularly, “raw, unencumbered capitalism”—devalues human beings. He told me, “Every single moment on the planet, from here on out, human beings are worth less. We are in a post-industrial age. We don’t need as many of us as we once did. So, if the first season was about devaluing the cops who knew their beats and the corner boys slinging drugs, then the second was about devaluing the longshoremen and their labor, the third about people who wanted to make changes in the city, and the fourth was about kids who were being prepared, badly, for an economy that no longer really needs them. And the fifth? It’s about the people who are supposed to be monitoring all this and sounding the alarm—the journalists. The newsroom I worked in had four hundred and fifty people. Now it’s got three hundred. Management says, ‘We have to do more with less.’ That’s the bullshit of bean counters who care only about the bottom line. You do less with less.”I don't always agree with Simon's line of reasoning; although his full-frontal assault on the Drug War makes any of his other shit a lot easier to swallow. It's going to be interesting to see how he handles the newspaper business in this upcoming season. I'm not sure if he will take the right angle at the mostly self-inflicted wounds of the suffering industry; but I'm sure it will still be a hell of a watch. Full piece here.