Monday, June 24th, 2013

The FBI Is Using a 'Portlandia' Sketch in Intelligence Classes

The FBI is using a sketch from IFC's Portlandia in its training program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. An instructor at the FBI Academy in Virginia approached the show's producers in April to request to use the "Sanitation Twins" sketch from the second season, in which Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownsein play a brother and sister educating the public on recycling. "This falls under the surreal category," Brownstein says. "We granted permission, although he didn't tell us why he was interested … Maybe they're just making fun of us?" The instructor asked to use the sketch for the FBI's advanced intelligence classes, which cover espionage, terrorism, IP theft, and other crimes.

Check out the sketch in question below and maybe you can figure out why the FBI is teaching with it:

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  • Annie GS

    I know why! It is a perfect metaphor for data sifting! You start with an overwhelming variety of different pieces of data you have to break into its own category and look at — I don't work for an intelligence agency, but I assume they have little canary and ecru boxes to put things in — and then in the end you dumping 97% of it into the ocean, because only 3% is useful in any way. BUT HOW DO YOU FIND THE USEFUL 3%? (Please attend my seminar to find out.)