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Rockstar may have just borrowed a bit of The Wire's approach to telling the tale of an American landscape for the sake of painting the portrait of America that Grand Theft Auto has always been interested in realizing.

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'The Wire' As American Noir

The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.

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Homicide by David Simon

When these detectives trade gallows humor over a stone whodunit (department terminology for a case likely never to be solved), it seems less like entertainment and more about keeping despair at bay.

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