Afterword: Reading Mad Men in the Era of Trump
Mad Men is explicitly bound through narrative, style, and characterization to its contextual setting in America’s post-World War II era. Nevertheless, the cultural and political issues that emerged during this period and which are raised by the series remain relevant in today’s America. This chapter explores the series from the perspective of the Trump era, examining in particular how the show’s representation of gender and racial inequalities might be complicated by the lens of the contemporary political climate. In the light of cultural movements including Times Up and Black Lives Matter, as well as the continuous stream of revelations emanating from the orbit of the Trump administration, the chapter considers whether the true legacy of Mad Men is its unmasking of a nation destined to be confronted by its own myths.
- Blount Danois, Ericka. 2015. Why So White, ‘Mad Men’ Finale? Ebony, May 18. https://www.ebony.com/Entertainment/TV&Film.
- Chellas, Semi. 2014. Matthew Weiner: The Art of Screenwriting No. 4. The Paris Review, Issue 208, Spring.Google Scholar
- Ciszek, Erica, and Nneka Logan. 2018. Challenging the Dialogic Promise: How Ben & Jerry’s Support for Black Lives Matter Fosters Dissensus on Social Media. Journal of Public Relations Research, 30 (3): 115–127.Google Scholar
- Dyer, Richard. 1997. White: Essays on Race and Culture. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Edgerton, Gary R. 2001. Introduction: Television as Historian: A Different Kind of History Altogether. In Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age, ed. Gary R. Edgerton and Peter C. Rollins, 1–16. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.Google Scholar
- Fessier, Leah. 2018. My Life, My Choice: How the Leader of Black Lives Matter Defines “Power”. Quartz, September 16. https://preview.tinyurl.com/yyameogq.
- Hayes, Dade. 2017. TV Adjusts to New Creative Challenge: Constant Trump Drama. Variety, June 1. https://variety.com/2017/tv/awards/tv-adjusts-to-new-creative-challenge-constant-trump-drama-homeland-house-cards-1202449511/.
- King, Jamilah. 2019. How Black Lives Matter Has Changed US Politics. New Internationalist, March 5, 2018. http://newint.org/features/2018/03/01/black-lives-matter-changed-politics.
- Press, Joy. 2018. Matthew Weiner in the Mirror. Vanity Fair. https://tinyurl.com/yyameogq.
- Stanley, Alessandra. 2007. Smoking, Drinking, Cheating and Selling. The New York Times, July 19. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/arts/television/19stan.html.
- Steinberg, Kerri P. 2015. Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience. Chicago: Rutgers University Press.Google Scholar
- Wakeman, Jessica. 2018. Where Are the Black Folks on “Mad Men”? Matt Weiner Explains. The Frisky, March 9. https://thefrisky.com/where-are-the-black-folks-on-mad-men-matt-weiner-explains/.
- Waldman, Paul. 2017. Donald Trump Is Moving Us Toward Gender Equality. No, Really. The Washington Post, September 12, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/12/donald-trump-is-moving-us-toward-gender-equality-no-really/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.558d3b1d39d0.