Apparently, Jon Hamm Agrees With Me
Hey, remember my whole schtick about how I love Mad Men so much because it’s like witnessing the birth of ‘late-capitalist’ culture? Listen to what Jon Hamm has to say on the topic at a recent press event:
A reporter followed up with an observation about “Mad Men” reflecting the classy ’60s. Hamm had plenty to say about that.
“Buddy, I don’t know if they had class back then. I can send you a couple of links of stuff where guys are berating their wives for making their coffee badly. What I think happened in the ’60s is I think irony happened. And the idea of selling non-earnestly became cool. And obviously that’s not a mistake that that’s when the baby boomers started getting 18. We’re seeing a lot of it now, we’re seeing these cool hipsters, man …
“You can’t tell 18-year-olds anything. … That’s what happens. The irony happens. And it’s cool to be in a not-cool place. Get it man? And so that’s what the big shift was that our guys are trying to figure out.”
I mean, it’s a little clumsy and unclear, but… has Jon Hamm been reading contemporary cultural critic Frederic Jameson?