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Mad Men Unzipped

Fans on Sex, Love, and the Sixties on TV

Karen E. DillShackleford (author) Cynthia. Vinney (author)
Jerri Lynn. Hogg (author)
Kristin HopperLosenicky (author)

ISBN: 9781609383770

Publication Date: Oct 2015

Format: Paperback

This is the story of the Mad Men fan phenomenon: how the show and its fans distinguished themselves in a market where it’s hard to make an impression, not unlike the driven ad execs at the centre of the show. In this book, four media psychologists who also just happen to be dedicated Mad Men fans explore how the show’s viewers make meaning from fictional drama.
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This is the story of the Mad Men fan phenomenon: how the show and its fans distinguished themselves in a market where it’s hard to make an impression, not unlike the driven ad execs at the center of the show. In this book, four media psychologists who also just happen to be dedicated Mad Men fans explore how the show’s viewers make meaning from fictional drama.

The authors also interviewed several contemporary advertising industry professionals, getting their inside view of the business in its modern guise and what they make of the show’s vision of their past. The result is cuttingedge psychological research that crunches and codes online fan commentary to understand the ways that people use the show to debate complex social issues, from sex and alcohol to gender roles, parenting, and advertising itself.

What do the 1960s mean to us today, and how well does the twentyfirst century measure up against that famously turbulent decade? Which characters do fans identify with and which ones do they love to hate? How would fans unfurl the Mad Men storylines if they were in charge? What makes a good man, and has it changed over time?

How should husbands and wives treat each other, and how should parents treat their children? In answering these questions, the authors explore not just the online commentary but also Mad Men fans’ fan fiction, cosplay, cocktail making, and vintage furniture collecting. Whether tweeting as one of the main characters (or just a lowly mail clerk), setting Peggy up with the man who’ll treat her right, or figuring out just which “Mad Man” they are at heart, fans integrate the show into their lives and use it to make sense of their own choices in work, leisure, and love.
Illustrations 2 black & white photographs, 23 black & white images
Pages 182
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Oct 2015
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Subject/s Television   Popular culture   Advertising   Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000  
Karen E. DillShackleford is a professor of psychology at Fielding Graduate University and the author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing through Media Influence.She makes her home in Hickory, North Carolina.

Cynthia Vinney is a psychology graduate student at Fielding Graduate University and has worked as a user experience designer for major advertising agencies and clients including Mandalay Bay, Acura, and VIZIO. Residing in Los Angeles, California.

Jerri Lynn Hogg teaches psychology at Fielding Graduate University and is a senior research fellow at the Media Psychology Research Center.

Kristin HopperLosenicky is a psychology graduate student at Fielding Graduate University and a lecturer in journalism and women’s studies at Iowa State University, living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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