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MediaPost Editor-At-Large Barbara Lippert ( covers the intersection of pop culture, advertising and marketing. For many years, Lippert was the award-winning author of the Adweek Critique. She speaks at conferences and appears on TV as an expert on media trends and advertising imagery.

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  • The 'Mad Men' Set-Up: How Will We Deal? in Mad Blog on 03/26/2015

    "Mad Men" resumes next Sunday, April 5, and the final seven episodes of the series are fittingly called "The End of an Era." As I mentioned last week in my maudlin musings, I'm obsessed with -- but also somehow anxious and fearful about -- the finish. It doesn't help that after viewing the season opener at a party at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last week, Andy Cohen of Bravo fame told "The New York Times" that the first episode back is "dark -- a real wrist-slasher."

  • 'Drunk Exec Barfs At Bergdorf's': Is That You, Don Draper? in Mad Blog on 03/18/2015

    "Drunk Executive Barfs at Bergdorf's," read a recent headline on Page Six of the "New York Post." Why was this story so sticky, getting picked up online and in print all over the world? Four words: Just like "Mad Men"!

  • The Apple Gold Standard: Think Rich, Bitch in Mad Blog on 03/11/2015

    Remember when, 20 or so years ago, anyone walking around in public shouting into a cell phone was considered a nuisance (or an asshole)? Well, soon early-ish adopters will be causing similar levels of annoyance by going around town yelling into their wristwatches.

  • Dakota, Isis, And 50 Shades Of Cray-Cray in Mad Blog on 03/04/2015

    Last weekend, Dakota Johnson's appearance as host of "Saturday Night Live" sparked intense shock, despair, and agitation -- if not high dudgeon -- all over the Internet. But not for the expected reason: her role as Anastasia Steele, the nave college student and virgin in the movie "50 Shades of Grey."

  • The Oscar And The Helix: Changing The Academy's DNA in Mad Blog on 02/25/2015

    Hey, Oscar. These days, your whole campy, top-hat-and-jazz-handsy dance is wildly out of step. You've become your own Botoxed, bloated parody. So what's a stiff old gold guy to do?

  • Cadillac: Walk Softly And Carry Your Stick-Shift? in Mad Blog on 02/19/2015

    "It is not the critic who counts" is the opening line for this new and unexpectedly highfalutin' Cadillac spot, which breaks at the Oscars this Sunday. So I guess as a critic, I'm out.

  • What A Long, Strange Media-Death Week It's Been in Mad Blog on 02/13/2015

    It was an uncanny week of sudden death and public loss for the media. First, the shocking items about major "news" people that were disclosed minutes apart: beloved fake anchor Jon Stewart was leaving his post at "The Daily Show" after 16 years, and Brian Williams was suspended without pay for six months.

  • Brian Williams And The Fog Of Ratings War in Mad Blog on 02/06/2015

    We are a country with big secrets, in desperate search of heroes. And the heroes that the media seeks to embrace are managed and packaged. Real heroes are the ones who do what they do away from the media glare.

  • Where Have You Gone, Go Daddy?  in Mad Blog on 01/29/2015

    As you read this, the Barton F. Graf 9000 agency is scrambling to come up with a new Super Bowl spot and have it turned around in time to run on The Big Game on Sunday.

  • I Cried That I Had No Bread Bags For My Shoes -- And Then I Met A Man With No Feet  in Mad Blog on 01/22/2015

    To be fair, all politics is theater, and certainly a televised occasion like the State of the Union speech, and its follow-up, is all performance. Whereas the follow-up part of the ritual - the ostensible honor of being chosen as the official responder to the State of The Union - appears increasingly to be a curse.

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  • The 'Mad Men' Set-Up: How Will We Deal? by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 03/26/2015)

    Tom-- In one of his typically cryptic answers, Weiner gave a hint of a suggestion that it might go up to modern day. I'm sure these 7 also follow the usual course-- very draggy in the middle, and mind blowing genius in the last 10 minutes.

  • 'Mad Men': Remembering The Good Old Days by Steve Sternberg (MediaDailyNews on 03/25/2015)

    Great piece, Steve! Had no idea that even in the late 70s, Jews were not account people! Pete is perfect, then!

  • 'Drunk Exec Barfs At Bergdorf's': Is That You, Don Draper? by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 03/18/2015)

    Susan Patton-- I believe that whole thing with the priest was a fake-out, a way of showing that Peggy had changed her religion and converted to the Holy Church of Advertising. And in the end, it seemed to me that it was not her son whom her sister was raising. There hasn't been any allusion to it since the third season or so, so I'm hoping it will be resolved by the end. They did bring in this neighbor-kid, Julio, who was just about the age her son would have been, and showed her making a family with him. (She mentioned that she had left him at home during the Burger Chef presentation, to look more Mommorial.) He moved, so we will see!

  • 'Drunk Exec Barfs At Bergdorf's': Is That You, Don Draper? by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 03/18/2015)

    Dean Fox-- Understood. I have no doubt that this season will begin very slowly, and there will be complaints. By the last 10 minutes of the last episode, though, Weiner makes magic. I did like the Six Feet Under ending, where we got to see how and when every character died. (Well, it was about undertakers, after all.) Perhaps St. Elsewhere had the most brilliant ending of all time-- that the entire series was a dream, as seen in the snow globe of Westphall's autistic son.

  • Giga OMG! by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 03/15/2015)

    Is it possible that there were some financial misdealings/shenanigans? Very odd for it to close so suddenly.

  • The Apple Gold Standard: Think Rich, Bitch by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 03/11/2015)

    I forgot to mention that the ads are beautiful, but the watch itself is not.

  • The Apple Gold Standard: Think Rich, Bitch by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 03/11/2015)

    Good point, Anne! It's mixed with alloys-- some metallurgical breakthrough.;-)

  • The Apple Gold Standard: Think Rich, Bitch by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 03/11/2015)

    Thanks for the great comments, everyone. No doubt apps are being created-- who knows what can happen? And yes, I left out the famous lyrics of that storied Chicago hit , "Does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care?" Apparently, yes!

  • The Oscar And The Helix: Changing The Academy's DNA by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 02/25/2015)

    also, Gaga killed as a cross between Julie Andrews and the Good Witch.

  • The Oscar And The Helix: Changing The Academy's DNA by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 02/25/2015)

    as a postscript to #askhermore, the whole who are you wearing schtick was invented by Joan Rivers, who was left out of the In Memoriam presentation, a terrible omission. But she too, could probably separate the industry she created, (stars using teams of stylists, pr machines, borrowing from jewelers, etc to avoid the next dead goose moment in red carpet-wear) with the true hard work of women in the industry.

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