Thursday, February 17, 2011

Small? Guess it's relative

Knoxville, TN - close to where I grew up and my father still lives - has a population of slightly more than 180,000. It has 32 ZIP codes, covering 92.7 square miles. It has a major university and several smaller colleges.

But in today's Post TV Highlights is this:
New documentary series "Sins & Secrets" (Investigation Discovery at 9) premieres, and each episode looks at how a small town is forever changed after a terrible crime is committed. The first investigated is Knoxville, Tenn., where two college-age sweethearts were murdered in 2007.
I don't know whose judgement that is. I see that the actual show description says
In SINS & SECRETS, the location of the crime is a central character in each case. Each immersive one-hour episode shows how a crime alters the community in which it occurs, and reveals how the people and place are irrevocably changed by the terrible aftermath. Cities spotlighted in the series include Aspen, Nantucket, New Orleans, Knoxville, Albuquerque and Shreveport
So it must be someone on the Post's... but "small town"? Isn't a town usually less than 10,000, so "small town" would be ... you know, like a twentieth the size of Knoxville?

(Plus, that murder - though it was gruesome and did stir up a lot of passions - didn't really "forever change" it. Trust me. I've read its paper.)

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At 2:28 PM, February 17, 2011 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

I suppose it could be the insularity of people who live in places like NYC and think everyone else lives in Mayberry. Or it could just be mindless promotional fluff.

At 3:18 PM, February 17, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

It's probably a combination. After all, it's harder to think of a single murder that's going to change "a city" ... like, say, New Orleans or Albuquerque.


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