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(Time)   A prosecutor from the meth-ravaged town of Austin says Breaking Bad "promotes meth usage"   (ideas.time.com) divider line 184
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2013-09-20 11:28:23 PM
Anybody check his pee?
 
2013-09-20 11:46:19 PM
I see his point, but I'd argue that 1) people who are attracted to that sort of lifestyle are likely to get there without a tv program to entice them, and 2) they probably can't afford cable, anyway

/season 5 ends tomorrow night at my place
//looking forward to the end with very mixed feelings
 
2013-09-20 11:46:45 PM
Yeah, Jesse is a true role model.
 
2013-09-21 12:04:21 AM
Is someone running for office again this fall?
 
2013-09-21 12:29:02 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /season 5 ends tomorrow night at my place


Are you a wizard?
 
2013-09-21 12:29:50 AM
Is there a show that glamorizes driving around drunk as a skunk with the bottle of vodka riding shotgun? Because I hear that's a problem in Austin as well.
 
2013-09-21 12:33:22 AM

Shostie: MaudlinMutantMollusk: /season 5 ends tomorrow night at my place

Are you a wizard?


The first part of season 5

/that's already out on DVD
//I think the current season is referred to as 5.5, at least on Netflix
 
2013-09-21 12:43:07 AM
Can someone help me out?  I read the damn article three times and never saw the word Austin mentioned.  Being from Austin, you'd figure i could spot my home town in print.  :/
 
2013-09-21 12:43:26 AM
Right, which is why meth heads on BB are constantly depicted as disgusting, violent junkies.

www.washingtonpost.com

God, why can't I be like them?
 
2013-09-21 12:45:28 AM
fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Lier
 
2013-09-21 12:45:36 AM
Well I know it hooked me on meth.

Oh wait, I don't watch it. Carry on.
 
2013-09-21 12:45:50 AM
I thought Austin was ravaged by folk music, not meth.
 
2013-09-21 12:47:44 AM

whatshisname: I thought Austin was ravaged by folk music, not meth.


The meth is downtown

/the music is out at the city limits
 
2013-09-21 12:48:14 AM
Drug trifecta in play!
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2013-09-21 12:48:41 AM
There's blue meth available on Silk Road.
 
2013-09-21 12:49:21 AM
I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, until I met Badger and Skinny Pete.
 
2013-09-21 12:50:11 AM
i306.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-21 12:52:20 AM
That dude is crazy, yo.

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crea8media.co.uk

/show's great, but the licensed merch is borderline and the unlicensed merchandising is regretable
 
2013-09-21 12:52:33 AM
Breaking Bad is currently my favorite show. I never had a desire to try meth before it started airing, while it is airing, and won't when it stops airing.
Dexter is my 2nd favorite show and the same goes for serial killing.
So no, Mr. Makeshiatup prosecutor, I'm not picking up what you're putting down.
 
2013-09-21 12:54:55 AM

Thresher: Can someone help me out?  I read the damn article three times and never saw the word Austin mentioned.  Being from Austin, you'd figure i could spot my home town in print.  :/


You're not alone. I had to read it twice. It's after the content.

"Blake Ewing is an assistant district attorney who lives near Austin. This piece was adapted from a post originally published by Ricochet.com. The views expressed are solely his own."
 
2013-09-21 12:55:03 AM
Yes, meth has worked out so well for everyone on the show. Who wouldn't want to do or make meth after watching?
 
2013-09-21 12:55:40 AM
Yet more proof that you don't have to be very smart to go to law school.
 
2013-09-21 12:56:07 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Thresher: Can someone help me out?  I read the damn article three times and never saw the word Austin mentioned.  Being from Austin, you'd figure i could spot my home town in print.  :/

You're not alone. I had to read it twice. It's after the content.

"Blake Ewing is an assistant district attorney who lives near Austin. This piece was adapted from a post originally published by Ricochet.com. The views expressed are solely his own."


I would add that they never mention the state. Is there an Austin outside of Texas? Don't know; don't really care
 
2013-09-21 12:56:49 AM
Watching 60's Batman makes me want to run around in my underwear socking bad guys!
 
2013-09-21 12:57:31 AM
fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Don't feel bad. There's a lot of us that refuse to watch Big Brother. Wait... what?
 
2013-09-21 12:57:41 AM
As a former tweaker (about a year of daily use, 9 years since I got clean) I wish this asshole and his ilk a hearty F*CK YOU

/the problem is economic stagnation, ease of manufacture/access, the low price ( at user level) and the majority of resources being devoted to 'eradicating the debbil weed' more than any TV show
//I'm actually mad right now...weird
 
2013-09-21 12:59:14 AM

Brainsick: As a former tweaker (about a year of daily use, 9 years since I got clean) I wish this asshole and his ilk a hearty F*CK YOU

/the problem is economic stagnation, ease of manufacture/access, the low price ( at user level) and the majority of resources being devoted to 'eradicating the debbil weed' more than any TV show
//I'm actually mad right now...weird


Some calming meth might put you at ease...
 
2013-09-21 01:00:52 AM

whatshisname: I thought Austin was ravaged by folk music, not meth.


It's ravaged by hipsters and white liberals. And weirdness. And Tour de France cheaters
 
2013-09-21 01:01:50 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Is there an Austin outside of Texas? Don't know; don't really care


Telling you anyway, BECAUSE you don't care:

Arkansas
Colorado
Indiana
KentucMinnesota
Missouri
Nevada
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
 
2013-09-21 01:03:20 AM
I thought Breaking Bad promotes chemistry and science and shiat.

Walter doesn't cook because cooking meth is a fun activity. He does because he needs the money and LEOs have a big hand it making meth production and distribution highly profitable.
 
2013-09-21 01:07:28 AM

DigitalCoffee: fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Don't feel bad. There's a lot of us that refuse to watch Big Brother. Wait... what?


As others have pointed out BB doesn't glorify meth, in fact as someone who absolutely loves movies and tv shows about hard drugs I can't think of one that does glorify meth or heroin. Can anyone name one?
 
2013-09-21 01:07:49 AM

C18H27NO3: HaywoodJablonski: Is there an Austin outside of Texas? Don't know; don't really care

Telling you anyway, BECAUSE you don't care:

Arkansas
Colorado
Indiana
KentucMinnesota
Missouri
Nevada
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah


Thanks. When did Kentucky and Minnesota merge?
 
2013-09-21 01:07:50 AM
Boringly reasonable actual article. People are often stupid, irrational and susceptible to cultural influences in weird ways.
 
2013-09-21 01:11:06 AM
And "Requiem For A dream" makes heroin addiction look pretty attractive too.
Yeah, whatever you say.
 
2013-09-21 01:11:17 AM
media.heavy.com
 
2013-09-21 01:11:51 AM

bwilson27: Brainsick: As a former tweaker (about a year of daily use, 9 years since I got clean) I wish this asshole and his ilk a hearty F*CK YOU

/the problem is economic stagnation, ease of manufacture/access, the low price ( at user level) and the majority of resources being devoted to 'eradicating the debbil weed' more than any TV show
//I'm actually mad right now...weird

Some calming meth might put you at ease...


memecrunch.com
 
2013-09-21 01:12:23 AM

Notabunny: fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Lier


Yeah, a cop with a phony, holier-than-thou attitude. How original. Cops are pussies. Stop perpetuating the myth that the most dangerous thing about drugs are the drugs themselves. Breaking Bad would be boring as fark if meth were legal. 90% of the drama in that show comes from the fact that law enforcement has a boner for authoritarian tactics.
 
2013-09-21 01:12:58 AM

ReverendJimBobHammer: As others have pointed out BB doesn't glorify meth, in fact as someone who absolutely loves movies and tv shows about hard drugs I can't think of one that does glorify meth or heroin. Can anyone name one?


'Limitless' might be an example, but it's a different drug.
 
2013-09-21 01:13:44 AM

C18H27NO3: Dexter is my 2nd favorite show


I'm still watching out of duty but it bugs me that every drop of "suspense" in the last two seasons has required the characters doing ridiculously dumb things. "Deb go in there and wrap up...yeah I left my knives on the counter next to him, I'll assume it's fine and leave you guys alone". The Bay Harbor Butcher plotline should have happened now...they blew that load way too early.
 
2013-09-21 01:13:52 AM

ReverendJimBobHammer: DigitalCoffee: fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Don't feel bad. There's a lot of us that refuse to watch Big Brother. Wait... what?

As others have pointed out BB doesn't glorify meth, in fact as someone who absolutely loves movies and tv shows about hard drugs I can't think of one that does glorify meth or heroin. Can anyone name one?


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas would have glorified meth if it were a thing back then. It did it's damnedest to be all inclusive in its drug glorification.
 
2013-09-21 01:14:34 AM

FedExPope: Notabunny: fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Lier

Yeah, a cop with a phony, holier-than-thou attitude. How original. Cops are pussies. Stop perpetuating the myth that the most dangerous thing about drugs are the drugs themselves. Breaking Bad would be boring as fark if meth were legal. 90% of the drama in that show comes from the fact that law enforcement has a boner for authoritarian tactics.


Um, as obnoxious as Hank and APD were, they were nothing compared to the Twins, Gus, the Cartel, Uncle Jack, and Walter himself.
 
2013-09-21 01:14:40 AM

Thresher: Can someone help me out?  I read the damn article three times and never saw the word Austin mentioned.  Being from Austin, you'd figure i could spot my home town in print.  :/


Bio says he lives 'near' Austin. I'm guessing either he's bitter his house burnt down in Bastrop, he's pissed he he can't drink a 6-pack floating the Comal in New Braunfels, or his sailboat is stuck in the mud at Travis in Lago Vista.
 
2013-09-21 01:16:27 AM
Now I'm hankerin for a green chile cheeseburger from Lotaburger, yo. Where's that Wendy biatch.
 
2013-09-21 01:20:09 AM

tuna fingers: Now I'm hankerin for a green chile cheeseburger from Lotaburger, yo. Where's that Wendy biatch.


Every time I see the word "yo" used in a sentence I automatically read it in Jesse's voice
 
2013-09-21 01:21:02 AM
Still the third greatest show in TV history, behind The Wire and Deadwood.

Has a (good) chance at number two, since Deadwood never got a proper resolution, as long as it doesn't "fade to black"

/Never been a better character in a series than Swearengen
//Sorry Walt & Jesse
 
2013-09-21 01:24:06 AM

ReverendJimBobHammer: As others have pointed out BB doesn't glorify meth, in fact as someone who absolutely loves movies and tv shows about hard drugs I can't think of one that does glorify meth or heroin. Can anyone name one?


The closest I could come might be The Salton Sea, it makes meth use look like a rave (kinda)
media1.break.com
but then you meet 'Pooh Bear'
moviesmedia.ign.com
and Bobby...
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also, almost everyone dies so...hmmm
 
2013-09-21 01:24:19 AM
Anyone who thinks Breaking Bad glorifies anything about meth has never watched the f*cking show.
 
2013-09-21 01:27:24 AM
While I don't especially see Breaking Bad as promoting meth, I can definitely see the possibility of some indebted chemistry majors getting ideas from it.  Especially if they already know "people" at their school.

I don't think it presents meth use in a positive light. The show is not actually very representative of the ins and outs of manufacturing and selling meth either. The first season was close, with the sketchy cook in the trailer, but as Walter builds his empire things start feeling very fictional.   Selling meth, on the other hand, is actually far easier than the show makes it out to be.  Not every meth salesman is a crazy murderer waiting to happen; most are just folks who are addicted and looking to cut down their cost factors.  Many have real jobs, friends, family ties, and only sell as a side job.  Like most black market products, meth does not occur in a steady supply, it gets sold out frequently.  Most users don't use on a regular schedule.

/im surprised they haven't covered the housework mom - the stay at home mom who does meth for all the energy it provides for cleaning, along with the distinct OCD-esque satisfaction of cleaning.
//I haven't actually watched BB that isn't on netflix yet
 
2013-09-21 01:29:13 AM
Breaking Bad glorifies breakfast. As a non-morning person I simply cannot support a show that normalizes that lifestyle.
 
2013-09-21 01:31:33 AM

ReverendJimBobHammer: DigitalCoffee: fta but whenever I ask colleagues (particularly law-enforcement officers) whether they've been following the show, I invariably get the same answer: "Absolutely not. I refuse to watch any show that glorifies that lifestyle."

Don't feel bad. There's a lot of us that refuse to watch Big Brother. Wait... what?

As others have pointed out BB doesn't glorify meth, in fact as someone who absolutely loves movies and tv shows about hard drugs I can't think of one that does glorify meth or heroin. Can anyone name one?


Not that I think movies/music/television actually  cause crime, but I think it's more about romanticizing the idea than about really glorifying it. It's the same reason that a lot of criminal-types worship Scarface despite the fact that it ended pretty badly for the (anti)hero.
 
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