The Wire at Harvard November 5, 2009Posted by dataduchess in Books vs. TV.
Tags: education, HBO, information, tv
A new course being developed by a sociology professor at Harvard will use the HBO show “The Wire” as “a case study for poverty in America.”
I think its an interesting concept to develop a class based on a television show – one that I can’t imagine is particularly popular among ivy league universities. But, is any old book really better than a well-researched and written television show? Does the mere fact that the information is presented as a narrative through the medium of television make the information any less valid or authentic? I don’t think so. What do you think?