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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.

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  • 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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