From Americana, Ana Kothe (UPR): When Fake Is More Real: Of Fools, Parody, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and Katherine Hyunmi Lee (Indiana State): "Hello Lover": Commodification, Intimacy, and Second-Wave Feminism on Sex in the City. From The Atlantic Monthly, how David Simon’s disappointment with the industry that let him down made "The Wire" the greatest show on television—and why his searing vision shouldn’t be confused with reality. The writers strike is inspiring ever-more-insipid fare on TV; here’s what to expect — or dread. Public access, public hate: Cable TV operators must provide a forum for the public, but it has unwittingly led to the airing of racist and anti-Semitic rants.

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