Was BREAKING BAD negligent in not spending much time on the consequences of drug use?
Jeff and me, 1954
BREAKING BAD is probably my choice of the best written show ever on TV. However, they never spent much, if any, time on the consequences of using Crytal Meth, Walter White's chosen job choice. Did they owe the audience a few episodes that showed where Walt's product went? What happened to the people that bought it?
Is it the duty of a any TV show to do such a thing? Is it the duty of a novelist to spell out the consequences of bad deeds? Does a story have the responsibility to address such things?
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Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.