I gave this paper on Saturday at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in New Orleans. It’s an elaboration of some ideas I wrote awhile back in Flow. I have been researching this topic for a couple of years and the 2011 conference gave me the opportunity to turn it into something more substantial; there’s a longer version soon to be submitted to a journal. This is work in progress, and your comments are welcome. ... read more »
Pete Campbell: I’m going to be a father. His father-in-law: Can you believe it? Mad Men viewers: uh, yeah!
Irony is one of Mad Men’s most indispensible storytelling strategies. Irony is at home in many kinds of storytelling, but Quality TV benefits from one of the most essential effects of ironic narration: it requires that we “get it.” It exploits the audience’s special knowledge and competence, which the text flatters us for having. ... read more »