Slavoj Žižek & Pres. Obama Give Their Take on The Wire (and More Culture Around the Web)

Although HBO’s critically-acclaimed series, The Wire, ended its run in 2008, the show keeps getting back into the headlines. Just last week President Obama, an acknowledged fan of The Wire, was asked during an audio interview with ESPN to name his favorite character on the show, to which he replied “It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy is unbelievable, right?” And then this other piece of audio surfaced online — Slavoj Žižek, your favorite Slovenian philosopher/cultural critic, presented a talk at The University of London (2/24/2012) called The Wire or The Clash of Civilisations in One Country. And it takes the show seriously as a work of tragic, realist art. Listen here.

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