Friday, November 14, 2008

T.V. Weekend Viewing

When you're not busy watching football this weekend, I have two recommendations for your viewing pleasure.

The other night I caught Frontline's "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story" and sat riveted in front of the t.v. for 90 minutes. While ostensibly about Atwater's "brand" of "dirty tricks" political advocacy, the documentary sums up and interconnects the past 40 years of presidential politics in this country rather even-handedly, and the last 15 minutes of the film are stunning.

While his impact on the modern political process is undeniable (and though he's been dead more than 17 years now), it does make you wonder if last Tuesday didn't finally signal an end to the "Atwater era" of politics.

The second recommendation is on the subject of high-end prostitution (or "escort services"), which is something we discussed in Criminology last week. This CNBC program investigates the "business of high end prostitution" and does an adequate job of pointing up the hypocrisy and differences in prostitution enforcement in this country.

Basically, "escorts" operate with impunity (based on race and class), while "street walking" prostitutes (lower class, disproportionately minority) face heavy handed vice squads, violent pimps, and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.

Ironically, rather than coming away with the feeling that we should "crack down" on these high-end services, the program makes more of a case for legalizing prostitution of the street variety.

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