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Media Notes

This Esquire article was published in 2013, but is just as relevant today - which is fitting, because the piece is about the relevancy of dramas, like Mad Men, set in the past.

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We get that, at the moment in media land, "gay is good". We have nothing against gays, so save your gay-bashing rants for someone else. And having all the female leads on the show having lesbian relationships was kinda sexy in some perverse and extremely unlikely way. But Captain Flint? Really? You get that this is a period drama and in this period of history sodomy was punished by death, right? But more to the point, this is a good drama. Don't push the point. Not everyone needs to be gay to keep things moving along. Okay?

Note to Matthew Weiner: Your show, Mad Men, is entertaining. But it's a drama, not a cartoon. We get it; men in the 60's drank, smoked, and made inappropriate comments to women. But not constantly. So your show does not need to have a man with a drink or a cigarette in his hand every moment of every day.

Stephen Marche makes the argument, in Esquire Magazine, that the media focuses on figuring out what is happening now, even in period pieces like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. But despite all the focus on figuring out trends, the media almost always gets it wrong.

On January 23, 2015 a new low was set in the trivialization of media. The Wall Street Journal, America's largest, and generally best, newspaper, devoted the entire back page (D8) of one of it's sections to the burning issue of whether - in a 45-7 playoff victory, the New England Patriots, under-inflated the footballs from by 2 pounds per square inch.

Please keep in mind that, like any other day, on January 23 there were murders, rapes, important political developments, new scientific findings, technological break-throughs, bankruptcies and the whole array of other issues affecting over 300 million Americans and billions of people around the globe. But somehow the Journal thought that "Deflategate" was worthy of blanket coverage, with 3 separate articles. As Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady said, "This is not ISIS."

Media Notes

This Esquire article was published in 2013, but is just as relevant today - which is fitting, because the piece is about the relevancy of dramas, like Mad Men, set in the past.

Click here to read the article.

We get that, at the moment in media land, "gay is good". We have nothing against gays, so save your gay-bashing rants for someone else. And having all the female leads on the show having lesbian relationships was kinda sexy in some perverse and extremely unlikely way. But Captain Flint? Really? You get that this is a period drama and in this period of history sodomy was punished by death, right? But more to the point, this is a good drama. Don't push the point. Not everyone needs to be gay to keep things moving along. Okay?

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