, 2008 ends with a bit of interesting online chatter about the venerable HBO drama-qua-televisual essay about the American city with which our fair city has become intrinsically intertwined, so much so that its fictional Baltimore--and
that asked: THE WIRE: IS IT REALLY LIKE THAT IN B-MORE?
The consideration from Blake, who writes that he grew up in West Baltimore, is the more poignant of the two, but both come from a place that presumes a certain real-world veracity to the show's dramatic universe. And while, yes,
, it's still a television show. We TV viewers have never made the same authenticity demands of, say, any of the
Law & Order
enterprises even though they advertise their plots as "ripped from the headlines."
And now, it appears, the fictional Baltimore being good/bad for real Baltimore has entered city marketing, at least as evidenced in this AP report that states that the city of Oakland's film coordinator claiming