Monday, September 08, 2008

David Simon on Urban Society

In addition to writing and producing The Wire, Simon has been a newspaperman for 13 years. But you don't really need a byline reading his recent piece in the Guadian, the piece speaks for his journalistic acumen. Simon asks, "with an acquittal rate 60% higher than surrounding areas, why has inner-city Baltimore lost her ability to convict criminal defendants?" His analysis is compelling on its own, but then he uses the question as a case study for an underlying social problem, our abandonment of urban society.

It's refreshing to see actual journalism, I miss it.

Hat tip,