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  •  The information on "lockup" is actually valuable. (4+ / 0-)
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    Asak, CSPAN Junkie, kyril, sebastianguy99

    It's actually important. It's important also for people who go to jail to know that they haven't been totally forgotten. They're members of the human race, still.

    However, MSNBC was over-doing it for a while. I'd like some other stuff, non-political, positive, about serious matters.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:01:23 PM PDT

    •  I don't see it that way at all. It's propaganda (5+ / 0-)

      for the prison industry. It helps to cement in peoples' minds that it's normal and necessary to keep such a large percentage of our population in little cages.

      It's proof that MSNBC isn't liberal - they just have a handful of liberal hosts each weekday afternoon.

      Paul Ryan has risen to prominence because he thinks that poor people should suffer and he doesn't mind saying so.

      by VictorLaszlo on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:33:32 PM PDT

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      •  It is what it is... (3+ / 0-)
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        VictorLaszlo, kyril, David54

        Some of the inmates are presented fairly favorably.  Unfortunately, some of them are bad people.  A lot of the people shown in the show probably do indeed need to be in prison, but that's because most of the shows seem to center around maximum security prisons.  

        It's the people locked up for petty drug crimes that swell the prison populations so much.  

        I don't understand why people think it's propaganda. If anything I think it shows how hellish prison is, and gives support to the argument that it should be improved.  Maybe the show just ends up reinforcing whatever your own personal view happens to be.  

      •   Well, I think there's an element of that. (1+ / 0-)
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        VictorLaszlo

        If you paint a neutral, impartial picture of something then it will always be open to interpretation in a multitude of framing structures.
        There's an element of cautionary lessons about what awaits someone who's contemplating a crime.
        However, they are actually showing people that we as a society want to forget exist.
        They do show the human side, and the effects on the families, etc.
        They do show how prison brutalizes people and how it creates "hardened criminals".
        They do show how prison encourages, in fact enforces, racial bigotry and animus.
        I haven't watched a show in years, although I do occasionally stop and watch a few minutes when I'm channel surfing, because I think it's important not to forget these people.
        It's important for people to understand that most of these people will get out eventually, and there's very little investment made into seeing that they buy into the quiet life rather than exporting the hardness and bitterness into life outside.
        That's something we're going to have to come to grips with.
        As for the prison "industry", I think we need to bust it. We need to destroy it and change our whole approach to crime and deviant behavior and drug addiction. It's going to destroy us otherwise.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 06:16:03 AM PDT

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