Weird URL on a Post-It note: file://http:spat... – from The Sopranos, season 4, episoe 7.
This week I finished the first ten seasons (228 episodes = ~167.2 hours) of “Law & Order” for a commission with Rhizome.org, cataloging computer use through screenshots over the show’s entire 20-year run. Many, many computers:
- Just over 4,500 screenshots so far (at 5 per computer = ~ 900 computers)
- Average of 107 computers per season
- Average of 4 computers per episode
- 16 episodes that feature no computers at all
I have also been keeping notes of the first onscreen appearance of computer devices, for example:
- First laptop: season 2, episode 34
- First inkjet printer: season 6, episode 125
Additionally, I’ve been tracking victim and perpetrator gender to add to the already great Law & Order database. The current tally is rather interesting:
We can also look at this another way, seeing crime by perpetrator gender and the gender of their respective victims:
|male||43 (18.94%)||43 (18.94%)||20 (8.81%)|
|female||12 (5.29%)||17 (7.94%)||3 (1.32%)|
|both||19 (8.37%)||12 (5.29%)||17 (7.94%)|
A 2011 United States Department of Justice report provides some interesting comparisons: 90% of all homicides were committed by males; 66% of victims were male. Some interesting conclusions to be drawn, but I have another 226 episodes to watch!
And with that, onward to season 11!
Drawing related to the G-15 memory module (via: Horningtales.blogspot.com)
Kelsey Grammer playing chess against a computer (actually, another editing machine) on 30 Rock (season 6, episode 3)
Assistant District Attorney using a laptop (season 7, episode 23, 32:43″)
Breathing machine (season 7, episode 23, 44:58″)
Computers at the police intelligence unit (season 7, episode 23, 05:19″)
More computers at the police intelligence unit (season 7, episode 23, 05:27″)
Exotic car dealer (season 8, episode 3, 15:36″)
A model’s business manager looking at financial records (season 7, episode 22, 15:34″)