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11.27.06 04:30 PM

The Addictive Nature of The Wire


Jason Toney is a serious fan of HBO's The Wire. It's most likely his fault that I've become addicted. My association with Jason's fandom goes back even farther than these weekly write ups he wrote about the series, like this one on The Wire: Glitches in the System (404). He's actually been writing about the series since it started as far as I can remember -- here and there, off and on.

For a while, I didn't know where to fit The Wire in. Or, I should say, if it made sense to me. But suddenly, it took on a life of its own in my mindspace, and has become a pleasant addiction extending beyond my very own control.

For instance, last night, as soon as it turned midnight, I checked HBO on Demand to make sure next week's episode was up and ready for viewing. It was. So I sat and watched -- intently. You see HBO on Demand makes episodes of The Wire and Def Comedy Jam available for subscribers, beginning on Mondays. That is it makes next week's episode available. The episode that most people won't see until the following Sunday that is.

So just as most people are watching this week's episode on Sunday, I'm already watching next week's episode. This puts me 6 days ahead of the average viewer. But I don't discuss my addiction with anyone. This is something I do alone, in private. I told you. I'm very addicted. Honestly, I believe a lot of people are.

And no, I won't tell you what's happening on next Sunday's episode. If you don't have HBO On Demand, you'll just have to wait.

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