PBS poll: is Palin qualified… and Mad Men, my humble opinion

September 21, 2008

The poll is running strongly to the yes (that she is qualified). I don’t think the word is getting out that she’s a liar and a right wing religious extremist wacko who would remove biology from the curriculum and replace it with creationism.

Let’s turn this around.  Please go cast your vote here on the PBS site. And then, pass the word along. Things are downright depressing. Are we really going to let Mccain and Palin take the election?

Mad Men you’ve heard about it: the tv show based on  the late 50’s-1960 ad men and their personal lives. I guess Mad is short for madison ave.  Anyway, I’ve just watched the first three episodes of the first season (2007). The costume, set design and camera work were flawless;  the casting, story and script, sublime. So why does the overall effect seem a little thin? I appreciate that the pacing of shots and the action are a little more relaxed as would befit the times. One thing that lacks is an ambiance that could be better given to us by a more robust soundtrack. For example, a smattering of Elvis, who was huge then, the Drifters, the Platters, the Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, and for heaven’s sake, the twist! Let it rip.

Another thing that occurs to me as missing, and I don’t think it’s too early in the series to expect this, are signs of the main character’s creativity. Don Draper doesn’t seem to have any tell tale signs of a creative genius except the drinking.  When I think of the more creative folks I’ve known, they haven’t often had the most conventional life and been so low affect. An artist– broadly understood as anyone working with and relying on their creative juices– works with a concentration of the whole personality, the conscious and sub-conscious parts. Draper appears to be coasting on suave, and a pinch of sales ability. But perhaps we can chalk that up to the ultra conformicizing pressures of the times.

In any case,  on the evening of the show’s Best Drama Emmy award, I am excited to know that there are many more worthy episodes to see in the future.


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