April 3, 2012 Posted by Jay Livingston We can’t handle the truth. We want all the facts to fit with our picture of the world. The “Mad Men” scripts use words and constructions unknown to real 1966 ad men. These anachronisms sound “right” to us despite their historical inaccuracy. And historical facts may sound wrong. The Times TV critic complained: The themes of civil rights and equal opportunity thudded into view in a couple of unfortunately ham-handed scenes, one involving the scamps at Young & Rubicam dropping water bombs on picketers (“And they call us savages!” an indignant protester exclaimed).
April 14, 2012 Posted by Jay Livingston Individual facts may be very useful for explaining other individual facts. But in explaining social facts, they don’t always get us very far. This Durkheimian notion is one of the first ideas ... Read Post
April 6, 2013 Posted by Jay Livingston Like Andrew Gelman, I’m puzzled by Tyler Cowen’s assertion about alcohol There is an elite which has absolutely no problems handling the institution in question, but still there is the question... Read Post
March 28, 2012 Posted by Jay Livingston Matthew Weiner, creator of “Mad Men,” was on “Fresh Air” yesterday talking about the new season. June of 1966 as the show opens. Civil rights demonstrators are in the street. Things are changi... Read Post