Have you heard of the HBO show 'The Wire'? If you haven't you might want to check into watching it from the beginning because it totally builds on itself and I don't know how easy or entertaining it would be to just start now.... The series is set in Baltimore. The first season was focused on the streets and drug dealers. The second season was how the drugs get in through the Baltimore port and all about another heirarchy of drug business. The third season was mainly police work and trying to control the drugs on the streets. The fourth season was the school systems, and finally the fifth that just started, is about the media. It's the most incredible, intelligent show that I have ever seen, and accurate. If you wonder how the media draws their conclusions? They just make the shit up!

Posted by Only $19.95 at January 26, 2008 03:48 PM

Here's a counter recommendation: Have you read the Michael Crichton book Airframe? I never looked at the media the same after that book...

Posted by Sarah at January 26, 2008 03:51 PM

No, I haven't -- but I'll put it on my library list. I love Michael Crichton. My perspective has also changed since I switched jobs (temporarily it seems).... I'm working in Public Affairs now. Interesting to see how things get spun 'accidently' when trying to fit an article in a layout or make a deadline.

Posted by Only $19.95 at January 26, 2008 05:46 PM

Kind of similar to what the Bushies did with Curveball in the run-up to war. Except of course that WAS material.

Posted by Fred O at January 31, 2008 01:18 PM