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Watching the first great scripted series about technology (The Good Wife)


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#21 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:00 AM

The good wife to me seems like one of those regular TV shows. Nothing in the title about technology.

What is happening here is either one or more of the actors are plugging their show here or one or more of the directors knowing this is a technology forum is doing the same,


Evidence? Something more than the handful of posts in this thread??
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:37 AM

The good wife to me seems like one of those regular TV shows. Nothing in the title about technology.

What is happening here is either one or more of the actors are plugging their show here or one or more of the directors knowing this is a technology forum is doing the same,

I wish that were true! ;)

The reviewer states "The Good Wife" has presented a series of stories providing "a dense, provocative dialectic, one that weighs technology’s freedoms against its dangers, with a global sweep and an insider’s nuance." And yet, none of the regular characters are caricatured "nerds" or "geeks" in the traditional sense.

By bringing this up here, I'm just pointing out that what is probably the first series on broadcast TV to deal seriously with...
  • the economic and legal implications of online currency,
  • Twitter and British libel laws,
  • Internet technology and the Arab Spring,
  • drone warfare and the military law context implications for drone operators of instant decision-making regarding life and death,
  • violent video games and criminal law,
  • the economic, personal and social impacts of leaked video images,
  • a story of an extremely successful social web site "founder" (think Facebook) who sues over a screenwriter's less than flattering portrayal,
...may not be among the top ten shows watched by the technology crowd.

But I have to admire the reviewer's statement that should be noted with great significance:

Put bluntly, “The Good Wife” is to the digital debate as “The Wire” is to the drug war.


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:43 AM

Law and Order seems to be good at the "ripped from the headlines" type of crimes ... and they have not done technology issues? Or do the reviewers not consider them a "serious" show?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:24 AM

Law and Order seems to be good at the "ripped from the headlines" type of crimes ... and they have not done technology issues? Or do the reviewers not consider them a "serious" show?


I agree. The way that I connected this as being a technology show is about a show that felt with news about computer/iPhone/iPad/iTunes/iPod and so on. I guess that is why in the adverts for the show did not seem all that interesting.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 01:42 PM

Last night's episode was totally routine legal soap in its various continuing story arcs and in the case of the week which was a lawsuit against a filmmaker whose documentary may have caused the suicide of a young woman. I'm really not pushing this show, but perhaps suggesting that there are some episodes that are worth streaming or watching reruns just because they were interesting.

I agree. The way that I connected this as being a technology show is about a show that felt with news about computer/iPhone/iPad/iTunes/iPod and so on. I guess that is why in the adverts for the show did not seem all that interesting.

My bringing this up here was simply to note that the show offered some really good episodes in terms of offering thoughtful debate on the social, political and economic implications of the somewhat unexpected worldwide use of 21st Century technology (something like the smart phone with video and Twitter). We shouldn't simply consider cool technology in the abstract, whether the iPad 3 is going to have a sharper picture.

Law and Order seems to be good at the "ripped from the headlines" type of crimes ... and they have not done technology issues? Or do the reviewers not consider them a "serious" show?

This is one reviewer. And the crime procedurals haven't dealt with something quite as far removed from routine American life as internet technology, the Arab Spring, and the different life and death results facing the peers of the American 18-49 demo.

To me it is disappointing that the show's reach isn't wider. Last night was pretty typical since it moved to Sunday. It was #4 in the demo but #1 by a wide margin in its 9:00 time slot with the 50+ crowd.

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