Season 2 in 49 Tweets per Episode

Why would anybody want to leave Baltimore?–Bodie

I have been writing this blog for six months now, and I am currently on Season 1, Episode 9. I am going to keep on writing and posting those pieces, albeit at a slower pace (maybe one or two posts per week). At the same time, as I finish writing about Season 1, I have also begun setting my sights on Season 2.

For the past two years, I have been totally immersed in The Wire’s first season. Between teaching it and writing about it, I have probably seen each episode at least 10 times each during that span. At the same time, my attention naturally drifted away from the other seasons of the show. I know them well (I have probably seen them at least five times each), but I have yet to examine them with the level of depth that I have been applying to Season 1. It’s like the difference between listening to the wire through the ears of Freamon versus Herc.

At the same time, I thought it might be interesting to experiment with the power of Twitter as a medium for collective close viewing and discussion. The social network offers the possibility to reach a large audience, while the 140-character limit enables me to point out some interesting parts of the show in small bursts. In many ways, it is closer to the way I teach the show. Or maybe not. I really have no idea how this will go.

So here are the rules I am setting for myself (which, of course, I will probably break as I see fit):

  • I will watch one episode per week, and I invite you to watch along with me. Break out those DVD sets or fire up the HBOGo. Over the course of the week, I will post 7 tweets a day (most likely in two or thre bursts) going sequentially through the episode. Even if you don’t watch, I hope my tweets will bring back memories and perhaps suggest some things you might have missed or connections you never considered.
  • Each tweet will have the hashtag of the episode (for example, “Ebb Tide” will be marked with #TheWire2_1). In this way, you can search the entire feed of tweets and catch up on any you missed.
  • I also invite all of you to join in on the discussion. I will be tweeting things that I noticed, but I would love to hear from you as well. The more eyes on the show, the more meaning we can get from it and the more comprehensive the discussion. I will retweet interesting responses, and I encourage you to make use of the episode’s hashtag as well.
  • At the end of the week, I will post the entire feed of 49 tweets on this blog. This will help me to expand the range of the blog beyond Season 1 (it will also provide a preview of some of the ideas I will explore later, when I begin writing longer posts about this season).

As always, I appreciate any feedback you have to offer, and I look forward to seeing where this takes us. If nothing else, it is yet another excuse to watch The Wire again, with soft eyes.

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