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  •  I dunno "Walking", I watch "Treme"... (5+ / 0-)

    ...I've been a fan since the pilot, and for me the work has only gotten better, and in a sense the messages have become both more particular and more universal.


    •  I like both shows for different reasons (3+ / 0-)
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      Jbearlaw, luckydog, liberte

      I love the fuller people in Treme. Each character has a fullness and complexity that grabs me, makes me care about each one of them in different ways. The actors are also top notch and given great material to work with. The show warms my heart. I love seeing a lot of actors from the Wire, one of my favorite shows.

      The Dead fills a different need for me. It is extreme. Under massive and constant threat what will people do? Surviving alone is a poor choice and people will form group relations in order to survive. They will bring all their personal and cultural baggage into the survival effort making it difficult and they will have to come to various accommodations where conflicts emerge.

      The story is set in Georgia and I think it is reasonable that a cop that survives would tend to fall into a leadership spot in any group because the threat of zombies would call on cop skills at organizing action against violent threat. That Rick is a white cop in the south makes sense in my uninformed view of how the post Jim Crow south has developed. I think part of the distortion, overly focused on a mostly white group of survivors comes not just from the composition of the group but an overall under representation of the white v. black population overall. The zombie population should be 63% white, 31% black. This should also be true of survivor groups. Not all groups of survivors would be equally representative of the population, some predominantly white or black, some mixed. If those proportions were represented the black characters would seem to be less isolated and more empowered as a result. I think the series badly under performs in this area and would be even more interesting if it would let the post apocalypse racial diversity be represented more accurately and allow the imagination to play on how that would work out under stress.

      In primitive survival circumstances protection from external threat, food acquisition/production, and reproduction are going to be at a premium and reduction of character to fulfilling these roles is to be expected.

      So much more to say, no time

      Love = Awareness of mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries. Political and economic systems either amplify or inhibit Love.

      by Bob Guyer on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:53:16 AM PST

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