Friday, April 6, 2012

Simon Criticizes Critics

I have a link to this interview below, but given the discussion it's stirred up on Twitter, it deserves its own post, and it involves David Simon discussing episode recaps/reviews: "The number of people blogging television online — it’s ridiculous. They don’t know what we’re building. And by the way, that’s true for the people who say we’re great. They don’t know. It doesn’t matter whether they love it or they hate it. It doesn’t mean anything until there’s a beginning, middle and an end. If you want television to be a serious storytelling medium, you’re up against a lot of human dynamic that is arrayed against you. Not the least of which are people who arrived to The Wire late, planted their feet, and want to explain to everybody why it’s so cool. Glad to hear it. But you weren’t paying attention. You got led there at the end and generally speaking, you’re asserting for the wrong things."

Update: Alan Sepinwall has talked with Simon at length to clarify his comments. Maureen Ryan chimes in, as does John Swansburg.

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