Her July post MadMen shows us a stratified society: things HAVE changed had me thinking about society, culture, business, the work environment. It inspired the theme for Bathroom Blogfest 2010. After reading Susan's post, I realized that I was missing out on a profound cultural phenomenon - somewhat like the Sopranos, but even more universal since mobsters from New Jersey have limited appeal.
I have a confession: I haven't watched much of Mad Men. For that matter, I haven't watched much TV lately. The timing is bad; it conflicts with my daughter's bedtime; it distracts from my most productive writing time. I did manage to watch 20 minutes worth but realized I wouldn't be watching much more. To compensate, I read Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America and have been paying closer attention to the Mad Men phenomenon, uncovering in the process a multitude of conversations that span many worlds - from PR, to leadership, fashion, social behaviors and even Sesame Street!
Here are a few examples:
- From Adam Vincenzini's The Don Draper Guide to Social Media Marketing.
- Career Tips from Don Draper [which recommends that you never consider any work 'beneath you' including cleaning the bathroom!]
- 3:17am's discussion Ras’s Web Gems: Is Don Draper Leadership Material?
- From Fashionista, Mad Men Style Recap, Episode 10 [where Don winds up in the bathroom]
The chart below captures conversations from my social media marketing database during the past 6 months that refer to Mad Men. Notice the spike when the season started and the sustained level of conversation generated since.
Finally, to highlight what a cultural phenomenon Mad Men has become, check out the Sesame Street version:
[Subscribers, click on this YouTube link for Sesame Street's Mad Men.]
What's your take on Mad Men? Have you found signs of it wherever you go? Does it generate conversation? I'd love to hear.
Happy Bathroom Blogfest 2010!
Note: charts generated through eCairn Conversation.