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BARBARA LIPPERT

MediaPost Editor-At-Large Barbara Lippert (barbara@mediapost.com) 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.

Articles by Barbara All articles by Barbara

  • Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy: The Death And Life of 'Happy-ish' in Mad Blog on 07/01/2015

    Let's face it: With the (crushingly disappointing) ending of "Mad Men" (apple trees and honey bees, anyone?) lo those many weeks ago (not that I'm bitter), I found it hard to light upon a replacement that would be worthy of the kind of monomaniacal devotion that we paid to Weiner's Men.

  • Cannes Lions: Pregnant Kim K. Vs. The Pickles in Mad Blog on 06/25/2015

    We all know there's obvious hypocrisy surrounding the annual Cannes Lions International "Festival of Creativity": the insane costs, the scam award winners, the throwback hedonism at a time of agency cutbacks. But trying to savage it is about as effective as complaining that Kim Kardashian has no actual talent.

  • The Gift Of Trump: We Shall Overcomb in Mad Blog on 06/17/2015

    Let's face it: Donald Trump's presidential announcement (otherwise known as throwing his hairpiece, or clown-nose, into the ring) was the gift that keeps on giving. From its very first moment of optical pompitude, the launch achieved heights of comedy platinum that defied even Candidate Trump's newly silver signature combover-whirligig hair-chitecture.

  • Reviling For Dollars: 'The Briefcase' And Reality Porn in Mad Blog on 06/11/2015

    It's so weird and hyper-manipulated that it's hard to explain the concept of the new "unscripted" CBS summer replacement series "The Briefcase." But here goes:

  • Shut The Door, Turn Off The Light in Mad Blog on 06/04/2015

    Endings are hard - especially when they involve shutting down that intense group-therapy session known as seven seasons of "Mad Men."

  • Once More Into The Brief, Don Draper in Mad Blog on 05/28/2015

    At the risk of beating a dead finale, I do have a few recent revelations about "Mad Men" to chew over -- straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back in Mad Blog on 05/19/2015

    Just when you thought the show was not about advertising, they drag you back in. Well, at least Don didn't wake up with Bob Newhart. Or sleep with da fishes.

  • Episode 713: 'You Knew We'd Catch Up With You Eventually' in Mad Blog on 05/12/2015

    Could Matthew Weiner have actually planned that "The Milk & Honey Route" -- the second-to-last "Mad Men" episode of this final half-season, with its shockeroo death sentence for Betty -- would appear on Mother's Day?

  • Episode 712 -- Ground Control To Major Don: Once More Into The Abyss in Mad Blog on 05/06/2015

    "Lost Horizons" is the first killer ep in this last half season. Written by Matt Weiner and Semi Chellas, and directed by Phil Abraham (my favorite), it offers perhaps the best MM visual meme ever, of a newly badass Peggy.

  • Episode 711: Perverse Bloodlines, Raised Hairlines, & Reverse Story Lines in Mad Blog on 04/28/2015

    This brilliantly constructed but majorly foreboding episode is called "Time & Life," after the prestigious building that was formerly home to Sterling Cooper. But as with any Weiner enterprise, the title has many meanings; in the existential sense, it shows that each part of T&L is fleeting.

Comments by Barbara All comments by Barbara

  • Once More Into The Brief, Don Draper by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/28/2015)

    So dead on, Steven T! The quest for change was gone by the early 70s, and the "me generation" thing and self-actualization grew. And that has continued. With few to no answers, except consumerism. Don was a man out of time till Esalen. But I am so grateful that his obvious lack of facial hair and widened ties did not mean that he was already dead, as many people suspected. and thank you, FF. After the next MM-themed blog, I will review Happy-ish. (If I don't stick knitting needles in my eyes from how real-life bleak it is!)

  • Once More Into The Brief, Don Draper by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/28/2015)

    Very true about the hundreds who worked on the Coke ad (and a shout out to art director Harvey Gabor, who updated it for a Google series.) And mea culpa on the "It's Toasted." True dat. 

  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/19/2015)

    Tom-- they are definitely in Wichita-- with maybe an outpost in Nevada, too. 

  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/19/2015)

    In terms of the aptly named, Miss Kitty, wasn't "saloon owner" a veiled way to suggest she was a Madam? 

  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/19/2015)

    True, Cynthia. So many TV shows of that era killed off the mothers, anyway: Andy of Mayberry, My Three Sons, etc. !

  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/19/2015)

    Thank YOU, commenters, for your totally engrossing and  always insightful opinions. I really enjoy hearing from you. As for the kids, the best outcome would be for them to live with Henry, and for Henry to hire a warm, kindly, live-in cook/housekeeoer. That would allow Sally to have a life in high school and go off to college. And Don and Betty's brother and sister in law could visit as much as they want, and act in loco parentis for the big decisions. There. That makes me feel better! Although, on second thought, Don and the B- and S-I-L won't get along. Damn, life is complicated! Still, the kids will be covered and not scraping burnt black stuff off of their toast day to day. 

  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/19/2015)

    I thought that Bobby number three was attempting to make grilled cheese. and that's why Gene, who had his FIRST LINE EVER in the finale, "(Hello, Sally!") was unwrapping a slice at the table.

  • Episode 713: 'You Knew We'd Catch Up With You Eventually' by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/12/2015)

    I must point out that in his opus, Mr. Hollander (yeah, bad pun dept) is riffing on a prediction I made in a post to FB: that Matt Weiner will end the finale with Don McLean's "Bye Bye Miss American Pie." It's easily as annoying as "Don't Stop Believing!" 

  • Episode 712 -- Ground Control To Major Don: Once More Into The Abyss by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/06/2015)

    Thanks so much for the comments, everyone. Yes, I did get that double entendre about Roger's Organ. Better than Sterling's Gold! Actually, the organ was at the agency for the children's casting session. Odd that it was still there after everything else was stripped away, but mighty convenient, story-wise. Actually, the visual of Roger playing reminded me of a piano player in  a whore house in the Old West. Nothing but whore houses with that Weiner! About Joan-- so upsetting. But sadly, legally, she has not a leg to stand on, given how she got her partnership. And the term "sexual harassment" would not be coined until 1975 or so. This one turned a lot of female viewers' stomachs because it felt familiar. It's the way it was, up in to the 1980s and beyond. And to this day,the gender thing on the creative side is still a struggle. And forget about diversity that includes people of color -- they are still few and far between.  Third thing: about that upsetting ghost, Diana. One of Weiner's favorite movies is "Chinatown," aka, "she's my mother/she's my sister." 

  • Episode 712 -- Ground Control To Major Don: Once More Into The Abyss by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 05/06/2015)

    Dean-- whoops! will get that corrected. thanks so much for pointing that out. How old is that Caddy by 1970, btw? 

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