Wire 106: S01E05 “The Pager”
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The title of this episode, "The Pager," highlights a throwback technology---even in 2002---that underscores a broader cultural critiques happening in The Wire. We already discussed the surveillance society everywhere apparent in this series, and this episode starts to evidence the concomitant paranoia that necessarily accompanies this enw reality. In fact, being watched is not a conspiracy because everyone in this show is already being watched, and we have regular evidence of that. Technology, surveillance and paranoia is a theme that I'll be returning to again and again this semester, and in our current post-NSA climate, it's almost a given we're being watched not only by ubiquitous cameras in the built environment, but everywhere we go in virtual space as well.