Steven Boone’s analysis of Mad Men as the very essence of white entertainment is really fascinating in Capital New York.
(Australians should note season 5 SPOILER warning for this article, however).
In the abstract, the show’s emphasis on ruin, alienation and social faux pas ought to speak to me as a fragile human being living in a fast-moving, competitive society. That the characters have something to lose and something to gain from scene to scene satisfies the most basic dramatic necessity.
But it’s what Don and his people have to lose that ultimately renders it esoteric. The ultimate nightmare for these folks is to lose the lifestyle that government and industry have sold to them since the end of World War II, as the (White) American Dream, the one that Don sells for a living. Their greatest unspoken fear is to go to the dogs, the dogs being, well, the redlined, depressed neighborhoods where I come from.
While we are here I just want to blow a kiss to this apartment in the show which I LOVE with all my heart.