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VIDEO: What the Ad Industry Thinks of AMC's 'Mad Men'

Reactions Range From Shock to Nostalgia

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Since the first episode of AMC's "Mad Men" drama aired last Thursday, the Manhattan advertising community has been abuzz over the program's unvarnished view of the ad business as it existed in 1960. Critically acclaimed but more than a little controversial, the show has been characterized by various publications as cynical, racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and drenched in sex. Ad Age television editor Brian Steinberg discusses the reactions that have ranged from cold shock to nostalgic yearning.



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