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04 February 2010 @ 08:49 pm
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So, I've been away from Livejournal for most of this month... I seem to have some kind of avoidance issue at the moment. Please don't take it personally! I don't really know what's going on... perhaps it may have something to do with the fact that every time I log on to LJ I see something that makes me go 'aaargh!' within the first ten minutes and promptly flee back to my real life... I'll get over that soon, no doubt. ;)

But anyway, excitingly one of my friends got published in The Guardian. She wrote this hard-hitting editorial about the politics of Mad Men. I'm really proud of her because I find the dialogue around Mad Men to be really insipid in its reverence. Predictably, the editorial copped lots of 'it's just TV' responses, which don't really fly since the creator of Mad Men takes great pride in telling the world how 'accurate' his portrayal is. If he admitted it was a white escapist fantasy it'd be a lot more honest, though then people would have to ask themselves why they find the sexualisation of women in the workplace and the kitchen titillating... or why they find the complete invisibility of people of colour a relief... ahem. Agree or disagree, I'm proud of my friends. I admire outspoken, intelligent people that stand by their beliefs.

Oh. Someone poke me to post more. I respond well to encouragement. :p (Srsly, I've got a mental HANDICAP about this at the moment! *whines*)
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
bofoddity on February 4th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
LJ avoidance is completely understandable. I could say it may be good for the soul, but maybe that's giving LJ too much credit. :P

Thank you for linking that article, it was an excellent read. I like Mad Men a lot, but I also think it isn't close to being as smart as it thinks it is, and your friend really outlines that. The defensiveness in the comments doesn't surprise me, though.

Poke to post? Um. Thoughts about your festivids vid?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya Raibop_radar on February 4th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I would get less irked by MM if there was general acknowledgement (including from the show creator) that it wasn't that smart and it was somewhat flawed.

Thoughts on the vid I got, or on the vid I made? ;) I should get round to posting the one I made I guess... I've been lazy!
bofoddity on February 4th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
It would be real nice, yeah. Seriously, the majority of the fans root for Don. That if anything should be a sign that the show is failing to make some important points.

I had the vid you made in mind, but hey, whichever you feel like doing! That's what journals are for.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
the majority of the fans root for Don.
LOL, therein lies the problem I think. When the fanbase is the kind that elevates such a man to the position of god/desire-object/avatar/hero then you've got to worry.

Hmm. I'm not sure I have many thoughts on my vid. I should post a linky to it though. I shall ponder some and work on it. Thanks!
Enderenderwiggin24 on February 4th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
it was a white escapist fantasy
I dunno, what you are describing, sounds pretty hot for me too *G*.
but alas, I don't need Mad Men, I have Gossip Girl, plenty of sexualization of all genders, not much POC, pretty settings and sets, no brainer stories :D

god thing, I am in no dire need of your admiration , coz I am an un-intelligent person, who "is ready to sell my beliefs at any moment for the right incentive" (O-tone of my highschool teacher, about me, when I was 16. The entire class, plus me, we were all like ROTFL...)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Re: it was a white escapist fantasy
LOL, not your kind of white escapist fantasy... at least I'm pretty sure it's not. ;)

I heart you too darl. Though I also heart the teacher that wrote that... dear god, what did you do to them to make them write that?! O.O I will never believe you are unintelligent, no matter how many times you tell me. :p
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yes! I do need a support group about it at the moment!

(Yeah, MM is a rather dismal, contrived show that pretends to be realistic and is self-consciously cold, which is a turn off to me.)
counteragentcounteragent on February 4th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
<3 Just saying hello.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Hi! :D Thanks!
one mans murder scene is another's champagne partysuckmyglock on February 4th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah. My dad loves Mad Men and when I saw some of it, I had an ugly suspicion I knew why...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah... I'd be wary of guys liking that show!
Jenjlvsclrk on February 4th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
You know, I've tried to get into Mad Men after several years of people raving about it but I just never did. Lots of men behaving badly and women acting like doormats was mostly what I see, and that kind of negativity turns me off like nobodies business. Great to see a well articulated article that counters all the hype.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
*nods* It does get a lot of love ... I think there are some good performances on the show and it is well made (though too mannered and self-conscious for my taste) but it's very cold and negative, and not as clever as it would like to believe itself. ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on February 6th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
*nods* I've found that it's one of those things where the more you find out about it, the more annoying it gets. And yes, if the showrunners would just admit that their portrayal is deeply selective I'd find it a lot less galling. I'm glad you found it interesting.