Published recently in Jump Cut, Mark Taylor's informative essay on AMC's Mad Men explores several issues associated with this ground-breaking, postmodern series. Taylors' comments on alienation and the theme of home together with his arguments on anxiety and image are important for understanding Mad Men's themes ideas. Mark's analysis of Mad Men underlines the relevance of studying the media through his deft use of theory and metalanguage. His essay reveals how the media has shaped our lives at the very outset of the "information age".
Today, only the ignorant or the afraid claim Media Studies is "a soft option". For students who truly engage with the subject it is one of the most challenging and liberating academic "options" they could pursue.
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