Ruprecht commented on The very white poetry of 'Mad Men'Great characters, great period and always deals with the theme of superficiality. The world the characters sell in the show is superficial and they all know it. It's all conceptual without any real heart to it. The difference between Don Draper and the rest of the characters is that he IS living a lie 24 hours a day. He's still Dick Whitman even though a few characters know it. Perhaps that's the reason he's more sure footed than everyone else. He really IS what he is selling. I never thought the show dealt with race but much more with superficiality. They behave as they do because they feel they are supposed to. Maybe that's why the show is so relevant today. The image that is sold today is just as superficial as it was then. I'm 41 so I can't really know for sure what it was like then but if it was anything like "Mad Men" I see no difference between then and now. That's why I have a hard time understanding the article. I don't see race anywhere in this show, or maybe it's because I'm canadian I don't know. Because of the period there is segregation but that's circumstance. I just see a bunch of characters who try to function in the world they know... or think they know. I have a friend at work who is black and he brings his iPad every night (night shift) and on his breaks watches "The Bold and the Beautiful". The fact that it is a white cast doesn't seem to matter a damn to him. He wants to be rich and influential like the characters in that show. I suspect trying to see things in terms of race is typically american.
Posted on June 10th, 2012 4:37pm