Mrs.Spiffy and I are approaching the end of a run-through of Oz
(her first, my second) and while the show features numerous aspects requiring suspension of disbelief, there's one that I'm really unsure about the accuracy of.
The residents of Em City are often shown watching the local news, and a lot of the time this is how they find out about certain events happening either within the prison or related to the prison. Obviously, it's a very useful plot device, but how realistic is this? I watch local news a fair amount (I'm in Chicago) and it seems like they rarely, if ever, cover events related to the myriad prisons throughout Illinois (Today's escape by an inmate from a medical center being a notable exception
So, a couple of thoughts on why this may be the case:
1. Major metropolitan areas have a lot more to choose from when figuring out what they will cover, and there's plenty of gritty stuff happening on Chicago's streets, so there's no perceived need to delve into the prisons.
2. The amount of "newsworthy" prison events happening on Oz
is ridiculously inflated, and in fact, when an event worth being covered by the local news happens, it generally is. These just don't happen that often.
So, to put a fine point on it: Are there any areas where prisons are covered in as much detail (or approaching as much detail) as is shown on Oz
? In particular, I know a lot of areas have economies that are largely built around the prison. Do these areas tend to put more focus on prison in the local news?