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Alex, have you seen The Wire? I've just made it past season 3 of the show, and I have to say that the show has maybe not chegand my life but certainly chegand the way I see institutions and politics. The show is mostly about institutions, and how for the individuals within these institutions, change is possible, but for the institutions themselves, change is never effected, nor desired. Change is possible on an individual level, but never on an institutional level.When I first saw the show, I saw parallels to what I was experiencing in academia. And then I realised that everybody experiences the sort of things depicted on The Wire.It's not just me, and it's not just my career. It's a bitter, bitter reality.