A Hidden Agenda Behind the Microphone

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WARNING: This post may contain SPOILERS.

After our season 3 symposium in class the other night, a character that deserves a closer look is Councilman Thomas “Tommy” Carcetti. While Carcetti begins to make his presence known in season 2, the viewers really begin to see the strong character that Carcetti is developing as. As we find out in later seasons, Carcetti’s moves to take over the mayor’s seat are successful for him as he is elected as the new mayor of Baltimore.

I really enjoyed Joe’s discussion about Carcetti and his opportunity to put himself into the public eye and create the politician that he wants to be. I followed Joe’s talk with a discussion of Carcetti and is ability to create an image for himself through the media. Carcetti wanted to become, in the eyes of the public, a symbol of change in Baltimore. And if elected as mayor, he would clean up Baltimore.

Though creator David Simon said that Carcetti was a composite of many of the political figures he knew in Baltimore, many believe that he is based off Maryland governor and former Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley. According to a 2009 article online through the Baltimore Sun, O’Malley still does not believe he is Carcetti. “O’Malley begged to differ: ‘I would take issue with whether or not I’m the inspiration for The Wire,” he said. “I’m the antidote to The Wire.'”

Another great article was written this past December 2011 that compares Tommy Carcetti with GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Read The New Republic article here.

As we get more into season 4 and season 5, we will learn more about Councilman Carcetti and what road he takes to become mayor.

Two great Carcetti videos are featured below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vmWkJ8hLoE] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8TuyP9Ha3g]

About Amanda

I'm a senior at American University majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in Marketing and Multimedia Art. I am an avid sports fan and have worked for the Washington Wizards/Mystics, ESPN 980 Radio, the Lexington Legends, iHigh.com and as a sports reporter for a local Washington, D.C. newspaper. I look to pursue a career in Sports Journalism production for both television and the web.


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