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Circling the Drain in the NSA Surveillance Debate

(The middle section of this post is a thorough re-statement and critique of David Simon’s argument that their are few “legitimate” concerns that can be raised regarding the NSA’s collection of metadata and web records. Because I quote Simon at length, several times, his statements have been italicized in order to make it easier to…

Wire Fraud

The Wire’s David Simon forcefully responds to criticism of his show from Baltimore’s police commissioner. Read the whole thing, and then read his stirring defense of the show from similar criticism in front of the Baltimore City Council in 2002:

Wired

David Simon implores the New York Times and Washington Post to work together to save traditional journalism: On a specific date in the near future—let’s say September 1 for the sheer immediacy of it—both news organizations must inform readers that their Web sites will be free to subscribers only, and that while subscription fees can…