David Lynch sure does sound a lot like William Burroughs.  He’s got the Interview Project, a touring video crew that interviews Americans.  As far as I can tell, they’re catching a lot of people mid-way through a day-long bender at the local watering hole.  While all the interviews I’ve seen are interesting, Kelly Eugine Guinn got me thinking. First, I wondered if the Interview Project is likely to exploit what sociologists would call “vulnerable populations.”  Guinn is, quite obviously to me, mentally disabled.  He’s unable to produce a coherent narrative in answering any of the questions, and his house and yard look unkempt and unsanitary.  (There’s even a close up of flies on his hand, and the audio starts with the sound of them.) Then I wondered if the film crew should intervene with this dude, getting him off to a hospital or something.  This is an issue I think about while watching the show Intervention–the objective is to get the family to intervene with the addict, but along that path we see drunk people driving, stoned people alone with children, etc. With the exception of Sudhir Venkatesh, Philippe Bourgeois and a few other ethnographers, this is an issue most sociologists don’t address, because human subjects regulations keep us far away from folks like Mr. Guinn.  Anyway, go check it out, and tell me what you think.


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