I have recently become obsessed with Mad Men. OBSESSED. I started watching about two weeks ago and I’m now almost done with the second season. I know, I’m a little late, but I’m not much of a TV watcher besides Entourage, Californication, Gossip Girl and The City. Of those shows I think Entourage is the most captivating – it’s like Sex and the City for men – never have I felt such a strong connection to fictional characters in all my life; but Californication is definitely the best written. Hank Moody is my main man. When it comes to style though, Mad Men wins hands down.
After watching one episode I went out and bought a hair brush and started attempting to slick my hair back a la Don Draper. Not as easy as you’d think – especially with this Jew-fro. After two episodes I went looking for a tie bar (my flatmate had one lying around). After three episodes I started craving cigarettes like you would not believe. I hadn’t touched a cigarette in three years and after smoking one last week I remembered why. After four episodes I started getting ludicrously excited over this skinny red and gold maroon striped tie (also my flatmate’s) and felt like my life was complete when I acquired it.
So here’s my theory. Mad Men is about advertising execs. They’re always talking about the purpose of advertising being to make you need things you didn’t even know you wanted. So, the show itself is like a self-consciously self-fulfilling prophecy on the world it’s talking about. It’s powerful stuff. I’ve never brushed my hair in my life, I’ve never even thought about owning a tie bar and I hate smoking.
I don’t know if I’m supremely naive for getting so sucked in, or if they’re ridiculously clever.
I’d love to hear a female opinion on this. Mum?
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