Linguistic Accountability in Mad Men

I’ve seen several episodes of Mad Men, a show about Madison Avenue life in the 1960s, and been impressed with the extent to which the show evokes a historical period. The attention to the detail in furnishings and wardrobe is superb, but I hadn’t given much thought to language and speech patterns in the show until I read this New York Times article. It’s a nice example of the kind of participatory culture that can arise around a medium initially intended to simply be consumed and the kind of accountability that culture can provide to creators.

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