On “Mad Men,” Technology Is An Omen — But Of What?

from salon.com: The chorus of recappers rehashing last week’s episode of “Mad Men” are unanimous: “The Monolith” — in which the admen gathered in awe around a chunky, alien-looking computer — was a glaringly obvious homage to Kubrick, whether it be the slab of IBM technology stabbing skyward and recalling “2001: A Space Odyssey” or the more obscured reference to Lloyd from “The Shining.” The latter lends itself to the increasingly popular theory that Don Draper will not make it out of advertising and/or alcoholism alive. But the “2001” stuff has dominated the conversation, with everyone harping on the brand-new computer as the harbinger of man’s/Don’s/creativity’s obsolescence.

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