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Mad Men and Philosophy by James B. South
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Sep 29, 2010

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bookshelves: philosophy, pop-culture, commentary, essays, ethics, 1960s, television, nonfiction
Read from September 25 to 29, 2010

A decent book for those who want to do more with "Mad Men" than just watch and gush pretentiously about critically acclaimed television. Through this book, your boasting is now backed academically. The book is filled with decent essays about various philosophical issues raised by the shows. Most were average essays touching on obvious issues, such as truth, sexism, and ethics. There were some real gems though; John Elia's essay was a really interesting look at the concept of integrity in the 20th century. Fritz's essay on remembering and forgetting was also rather memorable. However some essays were just pretentiously blathering (Question: Is Don Draper a good man? 1,500 word Answer made short: He's complicated."). Nonetheless, a welcome supplement to the tube.

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