Mediating the Past: Treme and the Stories of the Storm, by Robin Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham
, now well into its third season, continues to occupy a borderland where lines of fiction, performance, art and journalism converge. Some characters are based on prominent figures in New Orleans such as civil rights lawyer Mary Howell, the inspiration for Toni Burnette (Melissa Leo). Other musicians, singers, chefs, and Mardi Gras Indians slide in and out of the series playing themselves. Real, composite, or invented (including the more problematic roles of cops or developers) they weave through the battered fragments that constitute the story of Hurricane Katrina, a humanitarian disaster that continues the destruction of New Orleans even as the city recovers."
Published in Antenna, a media and cultural studies blog
, on November 14, 2012. Click on the link to read the entire column.