Langalla-sarjan David Simon: Pihtiputaan mummo haistakoon huilu

Sulopuisto oli bongannut Langalla-tv-sarjan luojan David Simonin haastattelun (haastattelijana itse Nick Hornby), jossa Simon toteaa ykskantaan (vapaasti suomennettuna), että Pihtiputaan mummo haistakoon huilu:

”My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell.”

Tämä on tärkeä oivallus jokaiselle parempaan pyrkivälle toimittajalle. Harva asia on aiheuttanut suomalaisessa journalismissa yhtä paljon vahinkoa kuin pyrkimys kirjoittaa kuvitteelliselle keskivertolukijalle. Tajuamatta on jäänyt, että keskivertolukijaa ei ole, hän on pelkkä tilastollinen haamu, jota nuoleskelemalla syntyy vain kliseistä, pinnallista ja analyyttisesti köyhää journalismia.

Simon kertoo kirjoittavansa niille, joista hänen juttunsa ja tarinansa kertovat:

”Beginning with Homicide, the book, I decided to write for the people living the event, the people in that very world. I would reserve some of the exposition, assuming the reader/viewer knew more than he did, or could, with a sensible amount of effort, hang around long enough to figure it out. I also realized—and this was more important to me—that I would consider the book or film a failure if people in these worlds took in my story and felt that I did not get their existence, that I had not captured their world in any way that they would respect.”

Kehotan kokeilemaan. Tunne on vapauttava. Ja tsekatkaa Langalla eli The Wire (kolme tuotantokautta dvd:llä). Simonin tekniikka toimii.

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