Mad Men

Mr. Draper’s Wild Ride: “Tomorrowland” and Mad Men’s Season in Review

October 18, 2010
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Mr. Draper’s Wild Ride: “Tomorrowland” and Mad Men’s Season in Review

As Mad Men's fourth season comes to a close, we look back on what Antenna contributors have had to say, and how it reflects on the eventful finale.
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“Those Kinds of Shenanigans”: Mad Men’s “Blowing Smoke”

October 12, 2010
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“Those Kinds of Shenanigans”: Mad Men’s “Blowing Smoke”

This season, Mad Men, and its mad men and women, have been on a quest to redefine what advertising is, dramatizing the radical changes that the field underwent during the 1960s.
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Back from the Brink: The Return of Don Draper

October 5, 2010
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Back from the Brink: The Return of Don Draper

In "Chinese Wall," barriers between personal and professional lives continue to erode, and Mad Men's men begin to wrestle with these costs.
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“Listen. Do You Want to Know a Secret?”: Mad Men, Episode 10, “Hands & Knees”

September 29, 2010
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“Listen. Do You Want to Know a Secret?”: Mad Men, Episode 10, “Hands & Knees”

The British invasion of Sterling Cooper at the end of season two has resulted in a noticeably different firm and a noticeably different direction to the series. This has also meant moments of audible change.
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Peggy’s Social Consciousness: Corporate Culture and Counterculture

September 22, 2010
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Peggy’s Social Consciousness:  Corporate Culture and Counterculture

An intersection of civil rights and women’s rights is woven through this episode about women’s voices.
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In Defense of the Strategic Marginalization of Blackness within Mad Men

September 14, 2010
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In Defense of the Strategic Marginalization of Blackness within Mad Men

Is the exclusion of blackness on Mad Men an oversight, a strategic choice, or a reflection of the continuing privilege of whiteness?
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What’s Happening to Don Draper?: Mad Men and the Waning Value of Masculine Detachment

August 31, 2010
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What’s Happening to Don Draper?: <i>Mad Men</i> and the Waning Value of Masculine Detachment

Unlike any other episode to date, “Waldorf Stories” stresses the importance of masculine disengagement by creating a context in which this mode is no longer available to Don.
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“You’re Not Going to Kill This Account”: Mad Men, Racial Prejudice, and History

August 24, 2010
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“You’re Not Going to Kill This Account”: Mad Men, Racial Prejudice, and History

Mad Men begs the question of how the 1960s embodied by our characters informs the present world that we now inhabit. What would it mean if we are the inheritors not of only the brave triumphs of the Freedom Riders, but also of the indifference or disinterest of people who felt unaffected by them?
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Selling Style: Mad Men and the Fashioning of Femininity

August 17, 2010
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Selling Style:  Mad Men and the Fashioning of Femininity

"The Rejected" is an episode in which how the characters look was central to the meanings on offer.
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Mad Men vs Sherlock: What Makes a Fandom?

August 10, 2010
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Mad Men vs Sherlock: What Makes a Fandom?

Over the past few weeks, we've had the opportunity to watch a fandom take root at double speed. And despite the purpose of this Antenna series, I'm not talking about Mad Men.
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Mad Men, Episode 4.2: Everything New is Old Again

August 3, 2010
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Mad Men, Episode 4.2: Everything New is Old Again

After the exciting new sets, haircuts, fashions, and even a new, chastened, Don of the season opening, episode two shows us that it’s not so easy to escape the familiar grooves of custom and habit.
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Mad about Mad Men: Antenna takes a Look at AMC’s High Profile Drama

July 27, 2010
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Mad about <i>Mad Men</i>: Antenna takes a Look at AMC’s High Profile Drama

Mad Men gears up for its fourth season with a big public relations push. What makes the show so special and can it continue to live up to its buzz?
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