I always joked with my friends that Mad Men’s real title was White Men. Because that’s what it’s about. It’s about white dudes in New York City figuring out how to get everyone else to buy shit from their clients. It is about men in advertising, marketing and capitalism.
Normally, this would bore me. But that’s the strange thing about Mad Men: It doesn’t bore me at all. While the context is business and the majority of characters are white men, it certainly isn’t what the show is about. Somehow, the show displaces its own premise and becomes a vehicle to understand the American present.
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