David Simon found himself Monday afternoon bunkered down in the bowels of the law school building on the USC campus, discussing the demise of journalism as it relates to the fifth — and sadly, final — season of "The Wire."Simon_4

It’s a topic Simon can pontificate about for hours, and he did so for about two of them here. At the beginning of the chat, he polled the room to see how many journalism majors were in attendance. Two people out of about 100 raised their hands. If the future of journalism can be gauged by the attendance at USC, the ranks of the next generation of ink-stained wretches will be awfully thin.

To summarize Simon’s thoughts on the fall of newspapers and how "The Wire" weaves that depressing topic into politics, crime, corruption and, basically, the decay of civilization, he addressed it this way: "Everyday human beings matter less. The game is rigged. The house odds are against you."

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