Thursday, August 02, 2007

Mad Men

Anyone seen this hot new show yet? Set in 1960, it's entirely un-PC. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when they showed a kid playing in a plastic dry cleaners bag and the mother scolded her leaving the clean clothes on the floor. Oh no she didn't! The question is, have we really changed that much, or do we just hide it better now? Episode #3 airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. on AMC.

UPDATE: Here's a write-up about Mad Men rich in description that will tell you a lot more about it than I did above.


At Thursday, August 02, 2007 1:59:00 PM, Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Okay, you've intrigued me. I'm a little tired of the PC police. My dad was a very depressed person who had little joy in life, but he used to laugh like crazy at Archie Bunker. I must remember to watch this.

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 4:45:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

I think we've changed. Mostly for the better.

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

I was unable to catch the episode tonight, but it sounds extremely LOL worthy. I will try to find it in repeats.

At Friday, August 03, 2007 7:11:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

Last night's episode, they had a neighborhood party, and the pregnant woman smoked and drank with the rest of them. OMG, I love this show!

Ryan - AMC plays it almost every night.

More info here:

At Friday, August 03, 2007 9:45:00 AM, Blogger EditThis said...

I have checked out this show and love it. I also was aghast when I saw that scene with the plastic bag. It's interesting to see the whole perspective of women in the workplace, but only as second class workers.

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 7:25:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

sounds good! I'll check it out too.

Have birth defects declined radically or have birth weights increased b/c women no longer smoke and drink? (and I'm not including in that category women drinking a bottle of vodka a day which undoubtedly leads to fetal alcohol syndrome). my guess would be no. the infant mortality rate in this country is extremely high for a non-3rd world country.

my theory is that the establishment prefer to be in a position to blame every day folks for problems instead of looking at the real causes of problems - numbing poverty and industrial pollution!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 8:04:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

Diane - I don't know about birth defects, but I know that average birth weights are definitely up.

I think you'll like Mad Men. It's a very smart show.

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

la - not surprisingly, I'm wrong again!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 1:02:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Diane - I don't think they are mutually exclusive. Just because birth weights are up, it doesn't mean you're wrong about the establishment. In fact, I totally agree with you.

BTW, even though we have more "diet," low-fat, low salt, etc., food options than ever, Americans are as obese as they've ever been.

I believe one truth that people don't want to hear is that we actually have less control over our health than we are led to believe. I'm not advocating that we should eat, drink, and smoke themselves to death, but I think there is a misconception that we can overcome our DNA. We can't.

What's the saying? "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

At Sunday, August 05, 2007 5:03:00 PM, Blogger v said...

I've yet to catch an episode, but I've heard great things.

And I think our society has definitely changed somewhat, but there are a lot of people who haven't changed and just hide it better. And just like back then, too many of them are in positions of power.

Our society is lucky in that it does progress. Unfortunately, progress is slow.

Well, that's how I see things.

At Sunday, August 05, 2007 7:47:00 PM, Blogger ffleur said...

I mentioned this show in your previous post about "scourge of summer tv". I'm so glad you checked it out. Its so very good.

Re: Infant mortality in the US being high. In Canada, our rate is quite low and I think its down to Socialized medicine. Every expectant mother in Canada goes to the doctor regularly, regardless of income level, and gets her check ups and vitamin supplements. In the US, poor women cannot afford the doctor so just go without. I think this has lead to your high infant mortality rates.

At Sunday, August 05, 2007 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

Saw it, Loved it, can't wait for the new episode. DAMN YOU LA!!!


At Sunday, August 05, 2007 10:35:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Ffleur - I remember you mentioned it which is part of the reason I checked it out. And I thank you... I LOVE IT!

Ryan - Isn't it great!

V - I agree with you. Some people haven't changed at all, but I'm grateful for those of us who have indeed evolved.


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