” Whatever the reason, this ignorance of their own city suddenly opens up a space for real-ism: for seeing things, finding out things, that have not been registered before; and for investigation, for solving problems and tracking down causes as in scientific experiment or classical detective procedures. Buthere it is not an individual criminal responsible for an enigmatic crime, but rather a whole society that must be opened up to representation and tracked down, identified, explored, mapped like a new dimension or a foreign culture.”

Realism and Utopia in The Wire, Fredric Jameson